Balancing progress and the natural environment: a masterplan tar-Ramla l-Ħamra
The process for the design of a masterplan for Ramla has commenced. Among many points made during a news conference that took place in the picturesque bay, was the protection of the beach’s natural environment as well as to permit the beach to welcome the influx of visitors.
Ramla l-hamra takes its name from the red sand that adorns the beach. It is a magnet for thousands who visit and swim there every year. The design of the masterplan has now been launched and meetings with stakeholders have been announced before the finalisation of the masterplan.
Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana urged all stakeholders to participate in the consultation so that the masterplan is carried out in the best way possible.
“This much sought after and important area should be organized through this masterplan, to not only maximize its potential, but to ensure that there is complete balance between natural beauty and the commercial aspect throughout the year. ”
Minister Caruana underlined the area’s ecological and historical importance and how the masterplan must protect the natural heritage of Ramla. Traffic management was cited as one of the major challenges and the improvement of facilities since the beach was one of the beaches flying the Blue flag.
Architect Frank Muscat gave assurances that the existing footprint of this unique area which boasted a natural beauty and environment would not change with the masterplan.
“So it is a challenge to see that the existing facilities and those that are required are improved and respond to today’s needs without impacting on the natural environment.”
Ramla is the largest sandy beach between Xaghra and Nadur and is located outside the Ramla Valley, known for its high quality wine and olive oil.