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Ramla masterplan underway for protection of this blue flag beach

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Ramla masterplan underway for protection of this blue flag beachThe Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana has announced that Gozo Ministry has started the process to streamline a masterplan for Ramla, and will initiate a number of meetings for all stakeholders so that it is drawn up in the best possible way.

Minister Caruana said that Ramla is one of the most searched for beaches in our country, and the Ministry for Gozo therefore felt there was a need to intervene by drawing up a detailed masterplan to protect the site and to cater for the growing influx of visitors.

The preliminary design being proposed requires serious study and will be discussed with all key stakeholders in law, and the operators that make use of this area, the Minister said. “The masterplan will consider these aspects for the beach, while protecting it, as well as also being prepared for the future.”

Dr Caruana, while pointing out that this area is of ecological and historical importance for Gozo, stressed that the masterplan must protect this natural heritage that shapes the area around it.

She said that the aim of the masterplan is to address the existing challenges on the site of Ramla l-Hamra, through better traffic management and improving the facilities of this Blue Flag beach.

Architect Frank Muscat, who is in charge of the project, gave his assurances that “the existing footprint will not change” and that the “purpose of this masterplan is to tackle existing challenges and not to be some kind of development in this important and sensitive area.”

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