Last year, members of the council’s Executive agreed to spend up to £200,000 on a ‘make do and mend’ option that will see works undertaken to try and prevent further damage to the wall and installing a new pedestrian route which would re-open the link between Totland and Colwell. This will also have an ongoing annual maintenance cost of around £10,000.
The sea wall was severely damaged during a landslip in December 2012.
The required assent has been given by Natural England and preparatory works will begin next week ahead of full construction works starting. The project is likely to take up to 12 weeks to complete.
Isle of Wight Council Executive member for public protection and PFI, Councillor Phil Jordan, said:
“I am pleased works will now begin at Totland seawall.
“Although it is not a full repair, it will reinstate pedestrian access between Totland and Colwell and will minimise further damage. It is the most realistic option given the council’s severe financial constraints.
“I am sure local residents and tourists will look forward to walking along the path once the works are completed towards the end of September.”
The works are being undertaken by local company Graham Atrill (Civil Engineering) Ltd.