Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
A €12 million project to develop an elderly home in Birkirkara which was announced during the MEP elections, has remained a billboard promise. Eight months after the announcement, the area is being used as a car park.
The 150-bed residential home was announced on 15 May just ten days before the MEP and local council elections during a press conference which was addressed by Parliamentary Secretary for active ageing Anthony Agius Decelis, flanked by then Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi, Social Policy Minister Michael Falzon, and some local councillors elected on behalf of Partit Laburista, including mayor Joanne Debono Grech.
Plans for the project were first submitted in August 2017 by Project Malta. However, the plans kept being amended until December 2019. The planning application is still at a screening stage.
More than 40 residents from the area have objected to the development, and have urged the relevant authorities considering to use the area to create an open space.
This was not the only example of a residential care home which never materialised. Seven years ago, the government entered into an agreement with the Gozo Diocese to build a elderly home instead of St Joseph church in Għajnsielem.