Gharb Council granted €570,000 for Wied Il-Mielah
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After the Gharb Local Council successfully completed the first phase of the environmental project at Wied Il-Mielah thanks to the help of Structural Funds for Malta (2004 – 2006), the Council has again been granted aid for its second phase of this ambitious project. This time the aid provided is approximately €570,000 under the Cohesion Fund (2007-2013). This project is co-financed by the Parliamentary Secretariat for Public Dialogue and Information and the Gharb Local Council.
In the first phase of the project, the Council carried out work of conservation and protection of the Wied Il-Mielah,the work included construction and adjustment to parts of the rubble walls that were in such a poor state, as well as of cleaning up part of the Valley.
During site visit by the Parliamentary Secretary for Public Dialogue and Information, Chris Said, as well as some of the councillors of Gharb. The Mayor, David Apap, explained the plans for the work that is due to be carried out on the next phase over the next 18 months.
These include among others: improving the accessibility to the valley through the construction of bridges, the construction of stairs to the sea and the installation of safety railings for the use of bathers, the planting of trees and improvements to the road.There will also be cameras powered by solar energy.
Informational material will be published, including brochures and a booklet on the area of the Wied Il-Mielah and other places of interest in Gharb, to be used as an aid for tourists, as well as audiovisual materials that will also be installed.
The project’s ultimate aim is to offer a renovated local area for the benifit of local and foreign visitors, specifically for those who enjoy walks in the countryside. This will make the village of Gharb more competitive in terms of a rural tourist destination.
The Council believes strongly in the potential of this unique gem of a valley, in particular the window formed in the rocks, and sea in the area that is popular for both fishing and by divers.