The concept of town centre management through which the private sector and the government  nominate someone to administer an area is one of the plans for Paceville, the parliamentary Social Affairs Committee heard this morning.

Paceville which will be seeing the development of a number of projects in the next few years turning it into a 24-hour activity place, Mark Scerri from the Malta Tourism Authority said at a special meeting of the committee held at BJs Club this morning.

Giving a presentation of plans for the entertainment mecca, he said that the projects at Portomaso, Pender Gardens and Business Tower and St George's Parks Office Block would drastically increase the residential and work population.

These projects would turn the area into a 24-hour activity place.

Mr Scerri said that the embellishment of the square, as well as the roads surrounding it, including Wilga, St George's and Dragonara, should be completed by the end of March. The paving of this area is being changed to lava stone.

Spinola Square is also to become semi-pedestrianised and there discussions are underway to extend the hours of pedestrianisation of other areas. Another possibility is to block off Elia Zammit Street, the main road leading to the square.

Pedestrianisation is planned for part of the Golden Mile, an uninterrupted stretch of promenade, starting from the Pembroke Gardens near Corinthia San Gorg to Spinola Bay.

A resident hoped the committee would take the traffic flow into consideration and that sanitary facilities would also be installed.

Mr Vassallo promised that everything would be taken into consideration.

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