The University of Malta’s Students’ Council (KSU) has raised concern regarding the recent decision to close off the Tal-Qroqq National Pool Car Park last Saturday, demanding an explanation for the decision.
According to a report published on The Sunday Times today, the National Pool’s car park was closed off last Saturday, causing chaos in the area. The decision was taken due to apparent safety concerns for those who frequent the complex, in order to stop haphazard parking which may hinder ambulance access in case of emergencies.
However, the report also revealed that Dr. Stefan Buontempo, Parliamentary Secretary for Youth and Sport, had been involved in an incident 24 hours earlier, having his car blocked off by another car in the car park. Asserting that the decision was taken in the best interest of safety, Dr. Buontempo confirmed that he was indeed involved in the said incident, and had reported the issue to the police as a ‘normal citizen.’
“Parents taking their children to school do not enter the premises with their own car, but park outside in an orderly manner and walk,” Dr. Buontempo argued, in reply to allegedly angered parents whose children attend sports lessons at the pool.
The car park in question, which can hold over 30 cars, is accessible via another space used for parking which has not been closed off, as shown in a picture published with the report.
In a statement released today, KSU demanded an explanation for the decision, saying that it would most likely aggravate parking issues for students at the University of Malta, which is near the Tal-Qroqq complex. Questioning the safety concerns behind the decision, the council said that it would be contacting the Secretariat for Youth and Sport to clarify the issue and find a solution.