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



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by David Blackford

11th February 2014, at 07:23:40

I feel very sorry for anyone who has to use a wheelchair but there are plenty of other picturesque locations - and please Philip, don't plead "Disabled rights"

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by Philip Yates

10th February 2014, at 19:32:26

not all of us have the ability to walk it, there were a fair few that had to do the wall in wheelchairs, it being one of the most picturesque flat stretches of sea wall. not forgetting the younger folk who could be in pushchairs.

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by Keven Ball

10th February 2014, at 17:56:43

That has and is always the argument Philip. The question is why do we give so much aid to others when people here are suffering? It is very odd I agree.

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by Philip Yates

10th February 2014, at 17:41:55

When the UK gives 7.8 billion to overseas countries in aid...Lets think on, india said no in 2012, we will still be giving them 280 million in 2015.
Its time we stopped and thought about ourselves, even 10% of the 7.8 billion would help.

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by Keven Ball

10th February 2014, at 16:54:53

Housing topic - housing benefits I would say is linked to housing... how is it not? My point is who own or live in these homes that are at risk, as you could move them...

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by steve skelton

10th February 2014, at 16:14:37

lets spend £m's on something we can not contain...... just walk round or over it....ffs

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by Richard Woodhead

10th February 2014, at 15:16:38

What on earth does housing benefit have to do with this thread?! I take it none of the posters on here live in this area (neither do I) - as usual, negative island comments!

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by Keven Ball

10th February 2014, at 14:59:48

I have heard the island has a great number of housing benefit claimants I wonder if any live around this area? I found this quite an old post be very interesting:

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by David Blackford

10th February 2014, at 13:44:54

Where that bit of cliff has fallen down is only the start don't waste good money after bad

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by Eric Pike

10th February 2014, at 13:05:06

£500 each then please or may be the mortgage holders would like to pay. Ether way those who did not chose to live on a cliff should not be asked to pay. Where is it good to build? Mostly AONB.

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