Many have expressed dismay about this change of venue arguing that Ordinance Street is near Valletta's main entrance and the location of the Monti there goes against the general upgrading of City Gate both externally as one approaches from the Floriana side and internally as one passes through the gate.
I disagree. The Monti is an integral part of our tradition and culture. It should not be hidden in an inaccessible part of the City. It should be where the people find it most convenient. Ordinance Street fits the bill quite nicely as it is not in the direct line of entrance as tourists walk into the City but is nicely tucked away on the left at the first turning down Republic Street.
A properly organised Monti should add life, colour and character to the city.
There are many beautiful cities in Europe where open are markets are in peak locations in the City core. The Salzburg Christmas market right in the square outside the Salzburg Cathedral easily comes to mind. Not only it is not an eyesore. It is an attraction.
Wherever it is decided to locate the Monti, and I think Ordinance Street and Hastings perimeter are locations that should be considered, the Monti needs to be upgraded and discipline has to be enforced to ensure that standards are maintained throughout.