Costly sea wall repair plea to be debated

By Emily Pearce

Sunday, February 23, 2014


Costly sea wall repair plea to be debated

Totland sea wall, which has be closed since a landslide over a year ago. Picture by Mark Cooper.

THE thorny question of whether to spend millions of pounds repairing the collapsed sea wall at Totland will be debated in County Hall.

A petition calling for the Isle of Wight Council to fix the wall was signed by 4,202 people and, according to the local authority’s constitution, any petition signed by more than 2,500 people must be considered by the council.

Councillors will debate the issue on Wednesday, following the publication of a report by geotechnical consultants Mott MacDonald, which recommended shoring up the wall at a cost of £2.1 million.

The popular walking route collapsed after a landslide just over a year ago and has remained closed to the public ever since.

Campaigners claim tourism will suffer if the Island’s coastline is not maintained and say the cliff above the wall — where there is a number of homes — must be made safe, despite the cost.



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by Keven Ball

27th February 2014, at 21:43:33

Let the sea have the island, is what I hear, who cares? Odd!

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by Peter Jeffery

27th February 2014, at 15:46:06

I know this story may be close to disappearing off the pages, but look at the effort / not to say expense going on to repair this sea wall !

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by david wright

26th February 2014, at 15:41:30

The Totland/Colwell sea wall walk was my favorite daily routine for years so the loss of it is annoying but I would be a hypocrite if i supported spending Tax payers money to put it right in these austere times especially as has been said it is unstable there so may well be just putting a sticking plaster on a burst artery!

I would ask if the building up on the Cliff had any effect on de-stabling an already volatile area? Did planning look at this when they allowed the large amount of building on the Cliff? Where does the water go now that once fell on the ground now it goes onto concrete and roofs?

Perhaps the developer who built on the cliff should be involved in stabilizing the cliff before his flats are the new sea wall!

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by Mike Crowe

24th February 2014, at 18:34:20

"Oh you want ....................


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by Mike Crowe

24th February 2014, at 18:33:13

DB you've not been in business? .....

£2.1M includes piling. 2Oh you want back filing with concrete? That will be an extra. I do recommend doubling the quantity the surveyor recommends. That will be an extra £250,000.00 and you want reinforcing steel as well? That will be an extra £100,000.00. Sign here for the extras please"

and before you know where you are, the £2.1M has become £4.2M all above board. .......................................

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by David Blackford

24th February 2014, at 13:05:06

How do so called consultants arrive at that estimated costing?Some of that £2.1M is my money and I say NO - A bit more will probably fall down next storm.
My estimate? - "A lot more than £2.1M"

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by Keven Ball

24th February 2014, at 11:52:55

@ Chris I think you mean, "Tongue in cheek comment"?
I am unsure how much aid or grant monies the island could be entitled to (if at all)! The cost of £2.1 million is very high and in these tough times what council can afford to pay this amount?

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by James McAdder

24th February 2014, at 10:15:42

The status of the IW has always been a bit of a bugbear. We have many of the problems of offshore islands, but are classed as just another English County.

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by James McAdder

24th February 2014, at 09:34:56

One interesting thing to note is that here we have over 4000 people asking for this to be done.

Far fewer protest about building developments (a mere 60 against the Atherfield Bay development) and get their way, but, then, that isn't going to cost any money.

The question that needs to be asked is, "what are the long term costs of not doing the work"?

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by Keven Ball

23rd February 2014, at 22:48:00

In addition, Baz, you never got back to me over the other debate below, odd:

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