The mayor of Ta’ Xbiex has personally promised that temporary decking appearing on the locality’s coastline would be utilised for public use only.
Under a photo showing the decking in question taken some weeks ago, PN MEP candidate Michael Briguglio wondered what the structure was for exactly, and wondered if we were going to see more of the type now that Xgħajra had applied for a similar installation.
“Will these ‘experiments’ spread any across our rocky coastlines?” Briguglio asked. “Will they result in further commodification and occupation of public space? Government should explain who is behind these experiments and whether any impact assessments are being carried out. Mysterious wording raises suspicion of further usurpation of public land.”
In response, Max Zammit, the mayor of Ta’ Xbiex, called the comment “misleading.
“First of all, the photo is outdated now,” Zammit said. “Secondly, it is simply decking used solely for public use. There will be no use for deckchairs, sun-beds, tables, chairs or any other private use.”
“Let us all stop speculating and appreciate that this has been done to better accomodate people using the Ta’ Xbiex beach, with the least environmental impact possible. The structure is fully demountable and is not fixed permanently. It will soon be removed before extreme weather conditions affect the area.”
Zammit went on to publicly promise the decking wouldn’t be utilised for any private use.
“I promise wholeheartedly that this will not be the case,” he said. “It is a genuine effort. Like everything, there is always room for improvement, but I have received so many positive feedback from residents with mobility issues, that I will keep striving to make their lives even better.”