A €49,439 cut in the funding allocation to Fgura council has been slashed following an appeal by the council.

The reduction in the allocation by the central government was imposed after irregularities were found in the granting of contracts for road works.

New Mayor Byron Camilleri said this afternoon that the reduction had been reduced to €19,776.

The Director of Local Government, Martin Bugelli told the council that the decision had been revised in view of the fact that the works on the two roads at the heart of the issue were satisfactory to the council, payments were made after authorisation by the department, and the council had acknowledged that matters had not been handled properly and there were even changes in the council posts.

Mr Camilleri said he wanted to assure the people of Fgura that such irregularities, which took place before his appointment, would not be repeated.

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