Xgħajra’s countryside is turned into rubbish dump (Letter to the Editor, Times)

Our more scenic localities are being increasingly lined with promenades. One can now stroll leisurely from one fixed point to another while enjoying the beautiful view and, with luck, some fresh sea air.

Those few adventurous enough to take the road less travelled, however, will find themselves greatly disappointed. Recently, as I ventured well past the Ta’ Barkat sewage plant in Xgħajra (vicinity of Żabbar) en route to Marsascala, I came across a car boot sale of broken washing machines, whole mountains of shards of glass, a selection of rusted car parts, some appetising rabbit fur covered in blood and a very dead dog left to RIP – rot in public – for all passers-by to enjoy.



Yet another of the few places where one can enjoy walking away from traffic and noise is being treated like a dumpster. This is a clear indication of some people’s blatant disregard for both the environment and each other. Such illegal and unregulated dumping sites are not only unsightly but also dangerous, being soil contaminants and deadly fire hazards, in addition to posing health-related risks.

Moreover this neglect causes difficulties for individuals, such as myself, who would rather take their dog for a nice walk in the countryside, where they can walk freely and at ease, than having to attentively look out for traffic and dodge obstacles every step of the way. Such people could easily injure themselves or accidentally come in contact with something that is disease-ridden, bringing back home a nice memento.

Is the local council aware of all this, and if yes, what is it doing? Out of sight should not be out of mind



Anne Marie Apap

One thought on “Xgħajra’s countryside is turned into rubbish dump (Letter to the Editor, Times)

  1. The Local Council needs to put its house in order and pull its weight, the sooner the better, for to date, Xghajra has received little or no publicity and certain comments made by visitors who happened to be wandering on its outskirts have made far from complimentary remarks regarding the fast deteriorating environment in this particular area of Malta.
    Thanks for pointing this out; after all, it’s in the interest of ix-Xghajrin in particular and the rest of us Maltese in general.
    And what about the so called Central Government? Does anybody from the ruling party live there or for that matter any member of the Opposition which is duty bound to spot such shortcomings?!
    The South of Malta deserves much, much better!!
    By the way, I happen to live in the north of the Island and I regret to say that the divide between north and south of Malta is more akin to saying “upstairs and downstairs”!
    Shame on whoever is responsible for this discrimination and dire neglect!

    Alfred A. Falzon

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