There is a small, vacant piece of land behind the church on the corner of Shamrock and Selkirk that many Selkirk residents use to drive over to Hurley’s. It isn’t an official road and is currently only usable for robust vehicles, and I was wondering if the Government has ever looked into purchasing that property to use as a proper road? It would give all of the Selkirk residents heading into town in the morning an option to avoid turning left on Shamrock and joining/clogging the Prospect roundabout.
Auntie’s answer: Your question actually required piecing together various bits of information to provide as complete a picture as possible, and all thanks to a very patient official at the National Roads Authority (NRA). To help with the explanation, I have been supplied a visual aid, a map of the aforementioned section:
We can start with the plot of land behind the church. The parcel right behind that structure (which is shaded green in the map) is gazetted and part of the public road system, the NRA person explained. However, the strip of land between that parcel and Bimini Drive, which is the road that leads to Grand Harbour to the left and to a residential area to the right, is private. At this time, there are no plans to pave the part of the road that is public.
In addition, as I mentioned, Bimini Drive is a private road, so it doesn’t seem to me that the government would be willing to buy the remaining parcel and create public access to a private road to improve commute time.
I realise I may sound harsh and slightly cynical here. I am no fan of sitting in traffic, either, but I think building that road would open up a fairly good-sized tin of worms that no one would want to deal with.