€7.6m for Cottonera restoration projects

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Minister for National Heritage, Arts and Local Government José Herrera and Chairman of the Cottonera Foundation Glenn Bedingfield announced 25 projects that will start in 2020 and 2021.

These projects will be carried out by the foundation together with the Restoration Directorate.

“Cottonera is an important part of our national heritage and therefore deserves particular attention. The €7.6m investment will go a long way in further rehabilitating this area. Every investment made here has a strong economic value as it continues to help us boost foreign investment and also strengthen the tourism sector,” said Minister Herrera, who also mentioned that according to a survey, half of the tourists who come to Malta come because of the cultural and patrimonial aspect.

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Minister Herrera said that apart from these 25 projects, there are two other major projects underway at Cottonera, Fort Ricasoli and Cottonera Lines.

“It is my privilege to announce a list of restoration work we are doing for Cottonera,” added Bedingfield, “Apart from restoration works in the Three Cities and Kalkara, this year the bastions of Santa Margerita, the Cottonera Lines and the Ricasoli Fortress have also been restored.”

The 25 projects announced include restoration work on St Philip’s Church, Porto Salvo Gate, La Vincitrice Band Club and the Parish Church in Senglea; San Ġwann t’Għuxa Mill, Xatt ir-Risq, Santa Margerita Mill, Chapel of the Nativity, St Paul’s Church and St John’s Bastions in Cospicua; Santa Margerita Lines, the Auberge de France, the statue of Saint Lawrence, the upper part of Notre Dame Gate and the Auberge d’Angleterre in Vittoriosa among others.

In Kalkara several niches will be restored and restoration work will be carried out on a number of bastions and casemates in Ricasoli.