Residents raise sea wall concerns with experts

By Emily Pearce

Monday, February 10, 2014

 

CONCERNS about the threat to clifftop homes have been raised by some Totland residents, following the publication of a geotechnical report into the 2012 sea wall collapse.

The concerns were raised at last Wednesday’s information day, when experts from Mott MacDonald met with residents to discuss their report into the sea wall, which revealed it could cost £2.1m to repair.

Cabinet member for public protection Cllr Phil Jordan attended the event with Independent ward councillors, representatives from Mott MacDonald and members of the council's coastal management team, to answer questions.

He said around 300 people attended, some of whom accepted repairs might not be possible and others who were adamant the wall should be fixed.

Concerns were predominantly raised about the loss of a popular walking route and the threat to clifftop homes, he said.

"It was good to meet residents to listen to their views on the future of the sea wall. I appreciate residents would like to see it reinstated and we will take this into consideration when the cabinet considers a way forward," he said.

"As I have said before, it will be very costly to repair the sea wall and although we may be able to attract external funding, this is not guaranteed. The council is in very difficult financial times and we must think very carefully about how council resources are used."

As reported, 4,202 people have signed a petition calling for the wall to be repaired.

The report can be viewed at www.coastalwight.gov.uk

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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