It would seem thatthe government is considering new regulations that will prohibit consumption of drinks in the street in Paceville. The GRTU and Chamber of Commerce have voiced their concerns and it seems that the government is willing to lend an ear. J’accuse fully agrees with this kind of regulation, especially having lived in Paceville for many years – there’s no sight uglier than the Paceville streets on a Sunday morning. Next on the target list should be the corner shops that sell overpriced drinks to minors and non.
What this issue definitely brings out is the need of a special Paceville Administration or Council. I still insist that Paceville should be run as a borough of St. Julian’s with a special committee made of different stakeholders – the residents, the police, the businesses and (hello) the usual token representative from the National Youth Council. Paceville cannot be expected to clean up its act solely on the goodwill (haha) of private enterprise and the occasional interference of a government that has no clue how to deal with entertainment that falls outside electoral periods.
There has been talk of reforming Local Councils (much of the talk involved responsibilising the latter – read brushing of responsibility by central government). I hope that they take into consideration council-less areas that merit their own management and planning like Paceville, Marsalforn and Xlendi to begin with. The running of areas like these goes beyond the normal civic sense associated with local councils. They are dynamic areas that provide entertainment to many visitors. In a way they are a minor tourism industry within a larger national industry. Often the tourists are the Maltese or Gozitans themselves who visit these places for a good afternoon or night out. If they are run professionally – with a plan (a sort of managerial plan of the sort Daphne dislikes) they could be turned into major assets rather than ugly eyesores.
For now lets start by binning the drinks.