Valletta FC have signed a partnership agreement with the Valletta Local Council that would see the construction of a parking facility in the Maltese capital.
The Valletta Local Council announced in a statement that they have reached an agreement with the Premier League club to start a project that will see the St John’s Ditch area rehabilitated and transformed into an organized car park.
The agreement was reached after several meetings which also involved the Minister for Local Government José Herrera.
In the beginning, the parking lot will be on one level until the exploration of the possibility of making another layer that can accommodate more cars.
Another phase of the project will be to have an escalator that will take people from the car park directly to City Centre exactly in South Street.
“This is an historic day for Valletta as a dream that began nine years ago will come true,” Minister Jose Herrera said.
“This whole area has been donated to the City Council by the Lands Authority, with the main idea of this project is to give the City Local Council more fiscal autonomy and on the other hand the football club will have an important source of funding.”.
Valletta Mayor Alfred Zammit said the idea for the project was born in 2013 when Minister Herrera became Parliamentary Secretary in charge of Local Government.
He thanked the Minister for believing that local councils should be self-sufficient.
Zammit added that through this project and partnership the area will be upgraded as well as working to connect the centre of Valletta with the car park.
Valletta FC president Alexander Fenech reiterated that this is an important milestone for both the football club and the Local Council.
He said that through this project the Club together with the Local Council will be embellishing the area as well as in the coming years will improve the accessibility to the centre of Valletta through an escalator, while increasing the revenue for both the club and also the local council.