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totlandlandslipWorks to reinstate public access at a damaged section of Totland Seawall have been completed and it will be officially opened this weekend.

The wall was damaged by a landslip during adverse weather in December 2012 which resulted in access being blocked.

Since then, a £200,000 ‘make do and mend’ scheme was approved and works began in July. This has involved parts of the damaged section being removed, a new sub-base laid and drainage installed. The work was carried out by local company Graham Attrill Civil Engineering and was completed on time and on budget.

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A joint opening ceremony will be taking place from 13:45 on Sunday 13th September involving local residents, music, sea shanties and a walk along the new path. Anyone attending is asked to meet at the Waterfront Restaurant in Totland Bay.

Councillor Phil Jordan, Executive member responsible for public protection and PFI, said:

“Given the extent of the damage in December 2012, it is credit to all involved that we have managed to reinstate public access to the section of the seawall that suffered the landslip.

“The residents have been very supportive of the council and the works that have taken place and certainly appreciate the efforts made.

“I look forward to the official opening and joining the residents in the first walk along the new path.”

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Helen Wood, who lives in Totland and campaigned for the wall to have pedestrian access reinstated, added:

“This walk has been sorely missed by the people of Freshwater and Totland and those who visit here. This campaign has been a great example of the way communities and council can work together to get a positive outcome in these financially challenging times.

“It has been a long wait but regaining access to one of the Island’s most beautiful and iconic walks is most sincerely welcomed.”

5-year-old Emily Dack, also from Totland, handed in a resident’s petition to get the damaged seawall section open and she will cut the ribbon to officially re-open the path at the event.

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