Undercliff and Totland sea wall funding to be considered

By Emily Pearce

Thursday, September 4, 2014

 

Undercliff and Totland sea wall funding to be considered

Totland sea wall is among the projects to be considered for funding by the Isle of Wight Council executive on Tuesday. Picture courtesy of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

MORE THAN £1.5m could be taken from the Isle of Wight Council's emergency fund to pay for priority projects, including reinstating pedestrian access to Undercliff Drive and partially repairing the collapsed Totland sea wall.

A decision on whether to fund the projects from a capital contingency budget, established earlier this year using last year's capital underspend, is due to be made by council bosses on Tuesday.

Executive members will consider funding requests for several projects, including £200,000 for works to the Shanklin cliff lift, £145,000 to improve drainage at Cemetery Road, Binstead, £50,000 for a new kitchen and boiler at children's respite centre Beaulieu House, Newport, and £35,000 to £100,000 for fire safety improvements at Elmdon, a Shanklin residential home for adults with learning disabilities.

Some £120,000 has been requested to top up the disabled facilities grants programme, for building works which allow disabled people to remain in their own homes, thereby reducing long term care costs. The council has already spent £836,000 of its £1.1m budget, just four months into the financial year.

According to a report published yesterday (Monday), reinstating partial access to Undercliff Drive would cost an estimated £500,000, and funding for a 'make do and mend' solution to shore up Totland sea wall would be capped at £200,000.

If all the projects are approved, the £1.9m fund will be whittled down to just £419,386 — with no money set aside for the repair works of up to £9m needed at Cowes Enterprise College.

It is not clear where the money will come from for the repairs if the council's request for funding from the government's Education Funding Agency is turned down.

The future of that project is to be discussed next month.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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