'Make do and mend' plan for Totland sea wall

By Emily Pearce

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

 

'Make do and mend' plan for Totland sea wall

Totland sea wall following the 2012 landslip. Picture courtesy of the Maritime Coastguard Agency/Isle of Wight Council.

A MULTI-MILLION pound proposal to rebuild the collapsed Totland sea wall looks set to be shelved in favour of a cheaper solution.

The Isle of Wight Council executive agreed last night (Tuesday) officers should further investigate a 'make do and mend' option, to partially repair the wall and lay an unsurfaced footpath, reinstating the coastal walkway.

It would cost an estimated £175,000 to £200,000, compared with the £2.1 million cost of reconstructing the sea wall and promenade — the more comprehensive option recommended by geotechnical consultants following an investigation of the landslip site.

The council could apply for a £725,000 government grant, but it would require further investigative works costing an estimated £126,000 and there was no guarantee of success, said health and safety executive member Cllr Phil Jordan.

Another option, to permanently close the area to the public, was rejected by members.

Following the landslide and collapse of the sea wall in December, 2012, there was an impassioned public plea for it to be repaired. A petition was signed by 4,202 people.

Executive members agreed to defer their final decision until next month, when they are due to receive a wider report on flooding and coastal damage across the Island following winter storms and heavy rainfall over the past two years.

Council leader Cllr Ian Stephens said the council was determined to find a solution and would look to the EU for funding.

Campaigner Helen Wood welcomed his commitment and reiterated how vital it was to reinstate the wall.

"The 'make do and mend' option ticks many of the boxes at a fraction of the cost," she said.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by david wright

15th June 2014, at 11:48:07

@ Steve Smith, And the Cowes Harbour Commission & Homes and Communities Agency get their funding from????

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by Steve Smith

13th June 2014, at 13:18:40

Cowes Harbour Commission & Homes and Communities Agency, not the IW Council Taxpayer

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by david wright

12th June 2014, at 20:40:53

Steve Smith, If the tax payer isnt paying which is a club no doubt Mr Green belongs to so should be entitled to a say, then who is paying for the Cowes sea Wall?

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by Steve Smith

12th June 2014, at 10:33:09

the difference is GARRY nobody is asking you to pay for the sea wall at Cowes!

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by GARRY Green

12th June 2014, at 04:09:09

Meanwhile Cowes gets a pointless sea wall built just to enhance the "sailing" fraternity! Total row-locks as usual! I would rather visit the west Wight and walk the sea wall than visit that pretentious town of Cowes and I bet most visitors would too!

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by David Walter

11th June 2014, at 15:43:34

I read through the material supplied by the IWC for the Exec and concluded that we ought to start works that clearly are going to be essential whatever we do next. But the budget is in crisis.

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by David Blackford

11th June 2014, at 15:22:43

It will be a brave Councillor who does a risk assessment and says the the area is now stable and that the adjacent areas are also stable. - Or will that decision be passed to a so called "Consultant"? - At considerable expense to us Council Tax payers. It is always easy, spending other peoples money

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by Jason Doughty

11th June 2014, at 15:02:23

David, a nominal sum say £1 per room per night would soon build up to sizeable pot when you have 100,000 tourists and is more pallatable than Wightlink charging £120 peak season verses £50 off peak for the same crossing and level of service.

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by david wright

11th June 2014, at 14:35:27

Why do these things always cost so much money. A day with a digger and some gravel would open it again wouldnt it?

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by David Walter

11th June 2014, at 13:34:27

Jason -- On the one hand we ask Wightlink to reduce prices to make it more affordable for tourists to come....then when we do, we charge them a 'tourist tax'?

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