MEPA to finance over €500,000 million in urban improvement projects
A total of 11 localities are set to benefit from over €500,000, made available to them through MEPA’s Urban Development Fund (UIF). The contracts will cover the full financing of 11 projects which will improve the quality of life for residents living in these localities.
The Urban Improvement Fund brings with it opportunities for our towns and villages to invest in a more sustainable environment and improve the quality of life for residents, but not only, our localities deserve that their appearance is improved to continue developing their culture and identity. To date, MEPA’s Urban Improvement Fund, which was launched in 2006, has successfully invested around €7 million in over 180 projects. MEPA is committed to ensure that all funds are managed in a transparent and efficient manner and that Local Councils are benefiting from these funds to improve the level of sustainable development within their respective localities. The UIF has also created the opportunity for the development of a positive working relationship between the UIF Committee, Local Councils and other government agencies involved in the submission of the project proposals.
The ‘urban improvement’ projects that are to receive funding include the embellishment of public gardens and landscaping works in Mosta, Marsaxlokk and Zejtun, the development of a recreational park in Zurrieq, paving works around a number of streets and pjazzas in Birzebbuga, Dingli, St. Julians and Iklin, and the changing to energy saving lights in Siggiewi and Zebbug (Gozo)
The Mayor of Zurrieq Mr Mizzi Savona said “Several embellishment projects in our locality were impossible to materialise if not for the Urban Improvement Funds.”
MEPA is constantly trying to come up with new ideas to use the UIF in its bid to preserve, maintain and restore the historical core of Malta’s and Gozo’s villages and town centers, particularly through the implementation of pedestrianisation and conservation projects.