Yesterday, ” extensive, irreparable damage was caused  to the Knights period outer wall of the Citadel Ditch as works were ongoing in an adjacent. private property,” Wirt Ghawdex said.
The NGO in a statement, said that less than a month ago it had aired its concern  about the development permit PA 4553/17 which gave the authorities’ approval for the opening of a door and two windows in the back wall of the property abutting the Citadel Ditch as part of the conversion of an eighteenth century house.
“The wall, now punctuated with the windows and a door, collapsed yesterday, taking down with it a chunk on the newly restored pathway including a preserved part of the original outer wall,” said Wirt Ghawdex.
“It is ironical,” Wirt Ghawdex said, “that whilst the world was celebrating International Day for Monuments and Sites, and this Gozitan NGO, together with another 21 Heritage NGO’s were coming together to act as a pressure group for the safeguarding of Malta’s and Gozo’s built heritage, the centuries old ditch of the newly restored Citadel was suffering irreparable damage.”
Wirt Ghawdex stated that the authorities concerned, mainly the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage and the Planning Authority, “should stand up and move from words into action to save our fast disappearing heritage.”
The NGO concluded by saying that “such attacks on our heritage should never happen let alone be approved and sanctioned by authorities whose primary aim is to safeguard our heritage.”