With MEP elections taking place this Saturday, a crucial vote for local councils is also taking place on the same day.
Local councils can be a direct link between government and its citizens, providing residents with tangible solutions that directly affect their everyday lives.
I’m Janice Falzon, local council candidate for Marsascala. Here’s my vision as to what I can do to transform our community;
1. Together we can achieve a better Marsascala, for us and for future generations
I want to be part of the change in Marsascala and work to improve people’s lives. I don’t care if people say I’m crazy, just as long as it all works out in the end that’s what matters.
2. I’m not the suit-wearing type
I’m not really the suit-wearing type (even though sometimes I have to wear one). I like to get my hands dirty and make sure I’m involved so I can properly contribute whether that’s at cleanups or in marathons. A suit simply isn’t ideal, and I’m much more comfortable in a t-shirt and jeans.
3. We need to find a balance between residents and businesses
Marsascala has undergone a massive shift due to the economic boom. It’s great for the area, but with a lot of development taking place, we cannot forget the environment and beautiful untouched land that surrounds us.
4. Developers have to contribute to green infrastructure
To do this we need to start to ensure that Marsascala gets proper green infrastructure, that obliges developers to contribute whether that’s with green walls and green roofs.
Through this, we’ll create a balance in development zones that would benefit the community and businesses.
5. Inwadar National Park must be made more accessible so everyone can enjoy it
If I’m elected, I’ll also commit myself to helping to identify land which can be transformed into a community garden in Marsascala.
6. Waste management has to be improved
Waste management needs to improve. I think we need to provide waste disposal for residents who simply are not able to meet the scheduled time due to work commitments.
We should also start a clean-up schedule that involves both voluntary and non-voluntary organisations. These initiatives have to be backed up by awareness campaigns.
6. Marsascala needs a proper Farmers Market
Marsascala is a fishing village that gets the freshest fish but few seasonal products. We need a proper Farmers Market to strengthen our local agriculture, also providing another attraction that will charm tourists and the rest of the Maltese from around the island.
7. Animals are important to me
Animals are important to a lot of people, and I think we need to do more as a community to recognise this. We need a larger and better-equipped dog park, a dog daycare, and cat shelters.
8. Parking has to be addressed
We are perfectly aware that parking is increasingly becoming a problem and that no quick fix can solve this nationwide problem, but we need to confront the situation head-on. And there are actually several ways to help the situation.
We can propose a number of measures that would help alleviate this problem like the rental of parking spots (which is already in place in towns around the globe) and identifying roads that can be turned into one-way traffic to create more spaces.
We could also look at finding spaces for public parking, and striking agreements with business to make their parking spaces available to the community outside of working hours.