Campaigner hopes video will keep council focussed on sea wall

By Emily Pearce

Monday, July 7, 2014

 

Campaigner hopes video will keep council focussed on sea wall

Totland Sea Wall. Picture courtesy of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency/Isle of Wight Council.

A CAMPAIGNER fighting to save the collapsed sea wall at Totland has made a short video pleading for the walkway to be repaired.

Helen Wood shot the video in Totland and Colwell to show Isle of Wight councillors how popular the coastal spot is, and how much the footpath is missed by beachgoers.

She said: "I wanted to show them how Totland and Colwell are affected by the loss of the sea wall, which would once have been packed with people walking between the two bays. Tourists and locals alike are very eager to see this work completed. I hope this little film demonstrates how much both bays depend on the currently broken link between them being re-established.

The Isle of Wight Council executive is due to consider the future of the sea wall, which collapsed following a landslide in December, 2012, at its meeting tonight (Monday), as part of a wider report on flooding and coastal damage across the Island following severe winter storms.

As previously reported, multimillion pound plans to rebuild the sea wall look set to be shelved in favour of a cheaper 'make do and mend' solution. Executive members agreed last month officers should further investigate proposals to partially repair the wall and lay an unsurfaced footpath, which would cost an estimated £175,000 to £200,000.

The video can be viewed below:

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