Sliema Council insists timed parking scheme is legal
The controlled timed parking scheme suspended by the government is totally legal, the Sliema Local Council has insisted.
The scheme caused uproar with the Malta Union of Teachers who issued directives to teachers in Sliema if the council reintroduced the parking scheme.
This was held during a meeting with Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Culture Jose Herrera and Transport Minister Joe Mizzi over the suspension of the scheme. Sliema Mayor Anthony Chircop described yesterday’s meeting as cordial and positive.
The meeting came on the day which the council had decided to end the three week deadline to re-introduce the scheme.
The Council reiterated its position that the scheme is legal as it is being implement according to Legal Notice 200 of 2009, and the government is abusing its power in suspending its introduction.
During the meeting, the Sliema Local Council submitted a holistic traffic management report for Sliema to the Parliamentary Secretary and Minister Mizzi. Vice-Mayor Kris Busietta discussed the report and explained it in further detail.
Alongside, the controversial controlled timed parking scheme, traffic issues such as speed management, parking maximisation, internal public transport were also discussed. The report also including initiatives for the segmenting of the Sliema locality into zones (Commercial, Residential and School Zones), where various traffic related issues shall be catered for according to the exigencies of the different zones.
Furthermore, it explained that it remains committed to introducing the controlled timed parking scheme in the locality and remains open for suggestions to the betterment of the system.