Restoration project on Gharb’s Pjazza Zjara tal-Madonna
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Part of the restoration project of Gharb’s Pjazza Zjara tal-Madonna, being coordinated by the Gharb Local Council, was completed recently. The work included the restoration of the cross in the Square, paving and the installation of a solar clock and fountain.
During the inauguration, the Minister for Gozo, Giovanna Debono, said the completed square will add to the historic and picturesque tourist attractions of the area, as well as the island.
This project is being undertaken with funding of over € 636,000 through financing under Measure 323 of the Rural Development Programme for Malta (2007-2013), as part of a conservation project related to culture and tourism in Gharb.
The square project included the construction of a water culvert and services, changing of the water main, new surface to the square and also new pavements with porfido. A special attraction included a sundial which is also part of the paving. The sundial also includes a colored water jet with LED lights. Part of this project also included the restoration of the pilgrimages cross
The Minister praised the initiatives taken by Gharb Local Council, as well as its proactive and wise use of schemes and other calls, including those of European funds, which are all helping to meet targets to improve the quality of living in rural areas.
The Minister augured that the Gharb Community is continuing to make a responsible commitment to conserve the natural beauty, character and heritage of this location.
Other interventions which are being carried out include the Restoration of Taz-Zejt Church, San Dimitri Chapel, Sdieri Street Bridge and construction of rubble walls and the restoration of a World War II shelter.Mayor of Gharb, Mr David Apap, explained that Church Street is now ready with Tarmac and the Council will also be laying tarmac at Trux Street and aiming at extending the project to another six roads.
The Mayor also announced that the Council has received the confirmation approval of another project for an adventure park in the football ground area in Tumas Cassar Street, with a total cost of €300,000. This park will be the first one of its kind in Gozo.
The inauguration also included talks by the architect Edward Scerri on the restoration of the Cross in the Square and the architect Alexei Pace on the sundial, as well as a poetry reading and musical interlude.
The Minister for Gozo and the Mayor of Gharb concluded the inauguration by switching on the lights of the fountain.