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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by kevin froment

3rd June 2014, at 15:23:55

didnt the lymington lot use that argument mr hollet, they were shot down in flames if i read the report correctly because the new ferries dont make as much wash, god have i just stuck up for wightlink, i think i will get my coat

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by Terry Groves

3rd June 2014, at 13:06:15

In Western Australia, near the town of Denmark, there is a treetop walk. Granted there are no trees where the sea wall runs from Totland to Colwell but a similar elevated structure could be erected to span the section of the wall that has been damaged. It might even be seen as a tourist attraction. I'm sure this would only be a fraction of the cost of reinstating the present wall. (www.denmarkwa.asn.au/treetopwalk)

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by GARRY Green

3rd June 2014, at 09:30:36

Hey David - just divert the money from that pointless sea wall being built in Cowes harbour for the yachties and upper class twits!

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by David Blackford

3rd June 2014, at 07:03:01

Hey GARRY - Do you mean, "Spend £2,000,000 on this wasted project?
Any money spent would be coming from far more needy causes.
And how much will the "detailed costing" cost? - It is easy, spending other peoples money - How much did the "Mott McDonald" consultants charge for their "Technical report" back in February? money, money money - It doesn't grow on trees

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by GARRY Green

3rd June 2014, at 06:41:14

Simple-don't build the path close to the cliff but build a small breakwater type construction going around the existing wall but about 200ft out in the water. The land can slip all it wants but will not reach the path and wall! Alternatively use the stuff they build motorway banks with, large cages of rock!

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by David Blackford

3rd June 2014, at 06:23:02

The proposed solution sounds a bit dodgy (health & safety?).
Also - leave it for a few years until we see what mother nature does next time we get unusually wet weather. - You can see the blue slipper clay. Remember Mr Councillor. It is OUR money not yours to squander

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by Baz Taylor

2nd June 2014, at 23:18:14

It is a well known tourist hot-spot. People used to love walking along here. Why not ask for donations - a sort of "Restoration Fund" - Even if it only raises 50 grand, it will go some way towrds the cost. If the tourists want the walkway, let them pay for it! (By the way, is that you Kevang - AKA Kevin Froment?)

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by John James

2nd June 2014, at 21:35:12

According to the report the sea wall casement is still largely intact there are just gaps in it. They could just fill the gaps in and put a wooden walkway over the top or around it.

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by John Martin

2nd June 2014, at 19:50:19

Option 2 MUST be instigated immediately.
Option 3 MUST NOT be shelved. MUST be instigated at the earliest opportunity. Money MUST be found for this.
The future of the West Wight's tourism credibility is bound up with this iconic walk.

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by steve paul taylor

2nd June 2014, at 17:59:34

It looks like with a bit of digger work a path like structure can be made to go over the mound using sleepers or like, close it during the winter wet months, open it June to Sept when thousands use it. Probably cost 20K + !! I used to live at cliff road Totland and those slips are nothing new. Trouble is if that area has slipped either side can go any time.

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