Options for future of Totland sea wall

By a County Press reporter

Monday, June 2, 2014

 

Options for future of Totland sea wall

Totland seawall. Picture courtesy of HM Coastguard.

THE future of Totland sea wall will be considered by the Isle of Wight Council executive on Tuesday, next week.

The sea wall was badly damaged by landslip in December 2012 and there has been on-going ground movement in the area.

A technical report into the wall was produced by consultants Mott MacDonald in February and next week senior councillors will discuss options for the wall’s future.

According to a council spokesman, the preferred option is to request officers complete a more detailed costing for work to prevent further damage and install a pedestrian route between Totland and Colwell.

Currently this option is estimated to cost around £200,000 with annual maintenance costs. A more detailed costing could be included in a report on the impact of recent flooding, due for publication in July.

Councillor Phil Jordan is executive member for public protection and said: "We do appreciate there is a desire to reinstate the section of the Totland seawall that was damaged. However we do also need to be realistic with future options because the council is under severe financial pressures.

"A repair which allows the reinstatement of the footpath would seem a sensible way forward for the immediate future, but we will need to consider all options carefully and decide which option is best at the Executive next week."

The meeting starts at 6pm.

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