Action needed on heritage 

REPORT: The historic Tibi reservoir needs repairs.      Credit: Triplecaña/Wikimedia 

THE Valencian regional government is to carry out a study on the cultural needs of the Vega Baja region of Alicante after the disaster caused by the September storms. 

At a meeting of the Valencian Culture Council (CVC) it was agreed to survey the whole of the Vega Baja to see what historical buildings or areas of ‘cultural interest’ need work to recover from storm damage and to safeguard their future. 

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In addition, the plenary session of the CVC had on the agenda a report on the state of the Tibi reservoir, which has been classified as of special cultural interest since 1994. 

The 16th century reservoir, the oldest in Europe in use, has long been falling out of repair. The report made a complete study of the dam’s situation, which is the responsibility of the farmers’ irrigation organisation. It decided that if action is not taken the reservoir will soon fall out of use. 

 The CVC is now calling on the Valencian Department of Education and Culture to draw up “a master plan that includes the actions to recover it and the necessary budget for the intervention broken down by phases.” 


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