Marsalforn promenade masterplan launched by the Ministry for Gozo
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The Marsalforn promenade masterplan has been officially launched today by the Ministry for Gozo.
The masterplan was conducted and finalised by the Ministry and approved by the Planning Authority earlier this month.
The application had been submitted by the Ministry for Gozo – following a public consultation process with all stakeholders.
It covers an area of 12, 850 square meters of land which is allocated for the placing of outdoor tables and chairs associated with the bars, restaurants and other catering outlets in the area – these include Triq il-Port, Triq il-Forn, Triq San Guzepp, Triq ir-Rabat and Misrah Sir Michelangelo Refalo.
The Ministry said that the aim of the masterplan is to create a synergy for operators in this particular area, so that they have clear guidelines on how and where to apply with the authorities – in order to increase their tourist facilities.
Chairman of the Gozo Tourism Association Joe Muscat, said the Association welcomed the approval of the masterplan for Marsalforn.
He added that, this is important for the tourism sector for several reasons, Marsalforn is a very important place for the tourism industry in Gozo, but there was a need for organisation in the area and this will be realised through the plan.”
Gozo is preparing to be considered as a quality destination and the masterplan is one of an number of initiatives to be implemented, concluded Joe Muscat.
Minister Justyne Caruana gave a detailed account of how the Ministry embarked on this ambitious project, and how through consultations with the various stakeholders an agreement had been made.
She explained that this worthwhile exercise will pave the way for other projects including making a detailed study on how the breakwater will be eventually built.
“This masterplan has also served as a guide to acquire the expertise to prepare others, including for Xlendi, Ramla Bay and Mgarr ix-Xini,” said the Minister.
She explained that they are very ambitious exercises that will require a great deal of consultation with anyone associated with the areas.
The Minister thanked the experts within the Ministry who worked on this project, as well as all those who participated in the discussions in order to achieve the desired result.
Photograph: MGOZ/George Scerri