Praise for the workers attempts to clean up Dwejra disaster
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Hopefully the perpetrators of the latest disaster in Dwejra are hiding in a dark cave with their tails between their legs. Curs that they are, I wish that they could be made to remove every grain of sand personally – using tweezers!
However, this letter is an attempt to praise the guys who are trying to clean up the mess that these greedy moguls made. At present there are about 15 guys trying desperately to remove the rock-like layer of compressed grit covering the delicate fossils. They are using picks, rakes, hammers, shovels, brushes, brooms – anything that will loosen the grit without harming the fossils. A hard job under any circumstances and made more difficult by the wind and spray and of course having to be extra careful to minimize the damage already done to the fossils. The guys are doing a good job and the team includes some of the people whose businesses have been closed down due to the road works, so some good has come out of this disaster after all. They are all being very careful, and without fail – as Gozitans/Maltese – are all horrified at what has been done to ‘their’ heritage.
Incidentally, the shade cloth used to protect the fossils is good for nothing and simply disintegrates the moment any pressure is placed on it, for example, when trying to lift loosened sand away from the fossils. I would assume that it was old and torn when it was put down anyway.
The plan is now to remove most of the compacted grit and then use a power wash machine to jet-spray away the remaining grit. It will be quicker (and cheaper) than brushing it up, but will it be another disaster? I can only say that after using a mini-machine to power wash our terrace, a lot of the grouting had to be replaced!
I sincerely hope that MEPA will not turn a blind eye again to this possible, new disaster.