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.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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