Dwejra’s fossil bed is a mess & unprotected – Readers letter
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There doesn’t seem to be any change at Dwejra no matter what Austin Walker, Chairman of MEPA, says in the press. As of 11am on Saturday I have been reliably informed that the place was a mess. Apparently you can see the colour difference between the natural rock of the fossil bed and the quarry waste that MEPA authorised to be dumped there as you walk down the hill. Whilst the vast majority of the solidified waste has been broken up and removed there is still a covering over the entire area that the workers were unable to get at. Also the rock pools are full of the stuff so anything that was living there can be written off.
My contact also told me that as they were walking down the back road towards Dwejra they saw a Land Rover driving around on top of the fossil beds but by the time they got down it had gone. So Mr Walker, was that someone from MEPA carrying out an inspection who decided that rather than get out and walk they might as well just drive over it? Or was it just the fact that no one thought to replace the barriers preventing vehicles from entering the area? If that is the case, and I can assure you the barriers are not in place, then how many vehicles have been driving around the fossil bed?
It would be appreciated Mr Walker if you could answer this by way of the press, as that way the Minister for Gozo, may get to read it. Apparently it’s the only way she gets to know what’s happening on Gozo.
James A. Tyrrell,