Sea wall to be closed for months after landslide

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, January 3, 2013


Sea wall to be closed for months after landslide

Totland sea wall has been closed by the Isle of Wight Council after a landslide. Picture courtesy of Carol Bryan.

A SEA wall path damaged by landslides last week will be closed for months according to the Isle of Wight Council.

The wall at Totland had to be fenced off after large cracks appeared following ground movement.

In a statement issued today (Thursday) Peter Hayward, strategic manager for highways and transport, said: "It will be many months before we are able to reopen the path along the sea wall at Totland after it was damaged by significant ground movement behind and underneath the structure which pushed an entire section of wall several metres out of place.

"Once the damage has been fully assessed and a repair scheme drawn up we will consider the most appropriate means of funding these works.

"In the meantime, we ask people to observe the footpath closure signs as the wall remains unstable and could break down further in periods of wet weather or heavy seas.

"The recent wet weather has caused damage to numerous roads and footpaths across the Island.

"We will be carrying out emergency repairs to potholes before more comprehensive work can be undertaken and ask members of the public to be patient while we schedule in this work and take extra care on the Island’s roads and footpaths until work is completed."

Totland sea wall

Totland sea wall. Picture courtesy of Carol Bryan.


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by Stephen Elliott

4th January 2013, at 17:52:29

I see Geoffrey is on again.

Does he not realise that Atlantic Ocean has an estimated weight of 356,721,892,651,745,280 tons has caused that tiny crack, yet he thinks fracking will be worse?

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by alan naylor

4th January 2013, at 13:11:58

A letter to al you buding Neptunes the power of the sea will always have its own way whenever it choses to do so and over time will desroy anything mere people put in its way

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by Philip Yates

3rd January 2013, at 22:10:30

Unfortunately the photographer did pass the signs, thats if they were up at the time of the photographs being taken. Now its fenced off... it seems a challenge to all to get to see the damaged section, by ignoring the signs.

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by Philip Yates

3rd January 2013, at 22:07:32

The closed section is from the old searchlight block and runs to the pier at Totland bay. Not affecting the pier or access to the waterfront pub. There has also been a minor slip on the turf walk, with parts of the hedging slipping down towards the sea wall. The restaurant ? Barefoot on the beach ? is closed for good. Reasons unknown.

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by Patrick Hall

3rd January 2013, at 20:56:13

The cliff behind the sea wall contains the notorious blue slipper clay and has a long history of erosion. With the abnormal rainfall of the last few months it is no surprise that the pressure of expanding clay has caused the cliff to collapse and push the concrete wall out. Without the sea wall erosion between Totland and Colwell Bays would proceed even more rapidly. Luckily there is an alternative footpath from Totland to Colwell slightly inland. Incidentally as a child I remember access along the sea wall was, in theory at least, restricted by the War Department in front of Fort Warden.

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by geoffrey clynch

3rd January 2013, at 15:47:38

i am sorry Mr.Prescott but i have no faith in any so called government promises of safety procedures, corruption is far too advanced within it,we should re-open our coal mines to start with as there is technology to make this cleaner and other technologies are there but this government and its OIL baron backers will not allow funding for obvious reasons, without "EXTREMIST" views as you call them, i have come to the conclusion Fracking is unsafe by independent means, i just happen to agree with these views and i am quite sure that a majority on the island would also agree

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by Don Prescott

3rd January 2013, at 14:41:15

"some say it would be fine to start fracking on the island"

Mr. C.

According to Bruce Denness, a QUALIFIED Geologist, fracking for shale gas on the island would be quite safe now that required government safety procedures are followed.

The "earthquakes" that the eco-terrorists refer to are just their way of scaremongering to get your support for their extremist views.

I know that you are against wind farms, as am I, but how do you propose that we move forward?

When most people turn on their gas hob/boiler, they have little or no idea where the gas comes from.

It does not come from the Gas Fairy in the road outside!

I worked on Bacton Gas Terminal as a junior engineering inspector in the late 60s.

Bacton, in Norfolk was/is where the North Sea gas, which thousands of people risked (and some, lost) their lives for to bring 50 years of gas supply to your homes.

Meanwhile, the people of Totland and Colwell are trapped. Lets try to help them

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by geoffrey clynch

3rd January 2013, at 14:06:40

And some say it would be fine to start fracking on the island?

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by John Lennon

3rd January 2013, at 10:53:10

@Richard Walker: It's the path from the cafe towards Colwell Bay.

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by Richard Walker

3rd January 2013, at 10:42:14

A map would be helpful! Is this west of the old coastguard station? Does it prevent access to the restaurant? Or perhaps it is between the pier and Colwell? It could be anywhere in quite a long stretch of path. Go on, give us a clue!

And I hope your photographer didn't pass the closure signs!!

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