3km of rubble walls in the valley leading to Ramla Bay in Gozo are to be restored in a €2.2 million project that will be partly financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
The project is being carried out by the Gozo Ministry’s EcoGozo Directorate, and will also comprise the restoration and cleaning of around 250m of Roman-era steps.
In a visit to the site, Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri highlighted that the area was popular with locals and visitors alike. But the rubble walls in the area have deteriorated with time and are in a poor state, he added, highlighting that around 8,900 cubic metres of rubble wall are to be restored.
Parliamentary Secretary for EU funds Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi highlighted that rubble walls do not solely serve an aesthetic purpose, but also played an important agricultural role by helping to retain soil.