Government's cash pledge to help Isle of Wight

By Martin Neville

Thursday, February 6, 2014


Government's cash pledge to help Isle of Wight

The Totland sea wall. The government is to help fund a coastal strategy for the West Wight. Picture courtesy of HM Coastguard.

MILLIONS of pounds have been pledged by the government to tackle flooding and coastal protection on the Isle of Wight.

New funding for flood and coastal protection schemes was announced by Eric Pickles MP, secretary of state for communities and local government, today (Thursday), in the wake of the recent extreme weather.

It includes £200,000 this year for Monktonmead Brook pumping station and outfall improvements, with a further £413,000 budgeted for the following year — helping to protect around 200 houses.

At Embankment Road, Bembridge, £400,000 has been budgeted for 2015/16, with further significant funds earmarked in future years including £3.15 million in 2018/19, for tidal flood defence work.

There is also £100,000 this year for the Isle of Wight Council to provide a coastal strategy for the West Wight.

Welcoming the announcement, Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner said: "The longstanding issues at Monktonmead cause problems for many Islanders in the Ryde area.

"It is imperative the right solution is identified quickly and, once it has been agreed, work to deal with the issue starts promptly.

"I also welcome the funding to look at the wider strategy for the coastline around the West Wight.

"Many people are concerned about the cliff fall at Totland, which has led to the closure of the coastal path, and the council has recently published a report into that specific problem.

"However, it is also important to look at the wider picture. The area is key to our tourist trade and I know many people will want to contribute to this debate."

Andrew Gilham, from the Environment Agency, said: "We have been working hard to identify options for reducing flood risk from the Monktonmead Brook.

"This funding will enable us to conclude this work and is an important step towards starting construction work on site in the future."



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by Den Young

9th February 2014, at 14:19:24

So Phil do you think consultancy is worth that much? I think Harald hit the nail right on the head, bet the hands are rubbing as we speak.

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by phil jordan

8th February 2014, at 10:47:07

@Harald Behmer:

Perhaps you didn't see my earlier posts...?

There is EA funding (applied for last summer) in the sum of £170,000 which will come in two lots, £100,000 this year and £70,000 next year and is for a West Wight Coastal assessment, detailing current and existing defences, their condition and what we can expect in the future in terms of repair, replace or new installation together with an upfated startegy for the Coastal area in this part of the Island. Much of this work will be done 'in house'.
This type of funding is nothing new and we have been successful in attracting it over many years.
What we need to understand is that this funding is NOT for any repair work to the Totland slippage. It is also perfectly reasonable that this funding is spent on consultants work where such expertise is outside of the Councils own capabilities. Hope this helps.

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by Keven Ball

7th February 2014, at 20:02:05

@Mike, my name is Keven as it clearly says on the screen in front of your eye. Pop the reading glasses on and you'll see it hasn't changed, thanks... I find it odd you do not care for the island you live on, why is that?

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by Keven Ball

7th February 2014, at 19:54:52

Harald do you believe the council are spending too much money on this scheme and for little or no benefit in the long term?

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by Harald Behmer

7th February 2014, at 19:25:54

"There is also £100,000 this year for the Isle of Wight Council to provide a coastal strategy for the West Wight." I can see some consultants rubbing their hands already, getting ready to count the cash!

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by Keven Ball

7th February 2014, at 18:02:36

Sure Mike - Homeless means you do not have a home to live in. I hope that helps?

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by Keven Ball

7th February 2014, at 16:06:07

I see Mike wants to be homeless as he won't have any land to live upon?

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by Mike Crowe

7th February 2014, at 12:16:21

Leave it alone.

Don't waste ANY money on it.

Let nature continue what it wants to do.

You are NOT greater than nature. Accept it.


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by phil jordan

7th February 2014, at 12:12:25

My goodness...why are you so dogmatic.
A temporary path would be washed away in no time. Minutes probably during winter months.
Repairing the seawall would not see the same outcome.
The problem - please go and read the report AND the CMP for breadth of informed facts - is in no small way connected with (lack of) drainage to the higher cliff areas.
The sea wall was (originally) damaged by a landslip which forced the defence outwards and seawards... That landslip occurred due in no small way to excess water in the cliff top. That *might* or *can* be rectified by installing drainage which is part of one of the solutions we have to consider.
For one final time, we are looking at the options for repairing the existing sea defence...not pushing back nature. Please read the experts reports and the experts CMP to be sufficiently informed about this issue.

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by Mike Crowe

7th February 2014, at 11:10:04

""" The path would be washed away in minutes."""

By what?

Oh yes, nature .....!!!

And you want to stop that?

Sort of ...... control nature?


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