The Malta Independent 17 October 2019, Thursday

Association calls for emergency works, long-term restoration plan for Fort Ricasoli

Monday, 27 August 2018, 17:55 Last update: about 2 years ago

The Kalkara Heritage Association has presented its report on the state of Fort Ricasoli to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who said the government wants to find a solution for the crumbling fortification.

The late 17th-century fort, which along with Fort St Elmo guards the entrance to the Grand Harbour, is slowly being eaten up by the sea.

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Large parts of the fort have already been lost as the parts of the rock beneath its seaward side have eroded.

The association spoke with the PM about the urgent need for emergency works, especially in the parts that have been heavily damaged by the elements.

It said that a large part of the fort was in imminent danger of being lost if action was not taken.

While there must be a long-term restoration plan, emergency works are a priority. The eroded areas must be seen to urgently, while works should also be carried out on the chapel of St Nicholas and the main entrance, which are both heavily damaged.

The association said the restoration and maintenance plan should also be complemented by a regeneration and alternate-use strategy.

The PM said the government wants to find a solution, adding that the regeneration of the fort should lead to is being put to use and also being accessible to the public. 

The PM was accompanied by Labour MP Glenn Bedingfield, who has also been calling for the regeneration of the historic fort.

 

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