25 restoration projects for the zones of The Three Cities and Kalkara

Between the rest of this year and the coming year, the zones of the Three Cities and Kalkara will undergo 25 restoration projects that will include Fort Ricasoli, the Santa Margerita Bastions and the Cottonera Lines. The Chairman of Fondazzjoni Kottonera, Glenn Bedingfield, said this strategy has been fashioned by the Kottonera community itself and will create opportunities for investment and employment.

The San Ġwann t’Għuxa Windmill in Cospicua, the restoration of the dome and steeple of the San Filippu Church in Senglea, the Santa Margerita Lines in Vittoriosa and the area adjacent to Kalkara the bastions and fortified structure of the largest fort in Europe, that is, Fort Ricasoli, are among the five sites that will undergo restoration in the following 30 months in works undertaken by the Restoration Directorate. The works will be through an investment of about €7,600,000 as part of the strategy of Fondazzjoni Kottonera.

Glenn Bedingfield told Television Malta that this Kottonera strategy was drawn up by the residents themselves after extensive public consultations and scientific studies. He said the restoration works will be widespread and will include street niches, churches, bastions and windmills among others. He said the communities involved are proud of their heritage and anxious not only to preserve it but to create new opportunities for employment and decent work for the working community.

He said the Santa Margerita Bastions, the Cottonera Lines and Fort Ricasoli will absorb the greater amount of funds. Glenn Bedingfield continued by saying the Government is committed that the Kottonera of tomorrow will be better than that of today and yesterday. He said the whole zone has great heritage value and it is now being given the attention it deserves.