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. Picture courtesy of Carol Bryan.