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TOTLAND TO COLWELL SEAWALL FOOTPATH PARTIALLY REOPENS

A popular seawall footpath between Totland Bay and Colwell has partially reopened.

Tonnes of rock and debris have been cleared by Isle of Wight Council contractors from the promenade, restoring public access along the seafront from the Totland Pier gates up to the existing landslip section.

Work is due to start later this month to repair a void discovered underneath the seawall on the Colwell side of the landslip back in November 2023 – as previously reported by Island Echo.

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The council aims to fully reopen the footpath — which was closed for public safety in February – at the earliest opportunity next month.

Elsewhere on the Island, repairs to the damaged sea wall at Shanklin are due to start on Thursday.

The repairs are essential to extend the life of the sea defences ahead the major scheme being undertaken by the council in conjunction with the Environment Agency over the next five years in the bay area.

Meanwhile, at Monks Bay near Ventnor, council contractors have just completed this year’s beach replenishment works, protecting the coastal slopes and reducing the risk of cliff movement in this area.

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Monks Bay

Councillor Paul Fuller, Cabinet member for coastal protection, said:

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“I would like to thank our Island’s residents and visitors for their patience while these works are being undertaken.

“The winter storms caused much devastation across the Island and our teams are working hard to repair the damage and protect the public. However, I would urge people to please stay away from damaged areas and out of danger.

“It is brilliant that following ground movement stopping, extensive repairs can be made to reopen these important footpaths. It is also good news that the new steps to the beach to Alum Bay can now be used for this summer season.”

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Paul the Builder
Paul the Builder
23 days ago

Everything takes so long to get done on the island.

IoWill
IoWill
Reply to  Paul the Builder
23 days ago

Especially by builders. 😉

Sloop John B.
Sloop John B.
23 days ago

Is it winter storms.?

Just coincidencal that the old holiday camp above Colwell sea wall was demolished and has been partially developed over the years.

Ground movement from above I say, and I know my onions.

G imp
G imp
Reply to  Sloop John B.
22 days ago

How many shallots to the metric kilometer?
I know my sausages but I leave my saveloy in the draw next to my medals.
trumpets at dawn.

Drifter-Wood
Drifter-Wood
23 days ago

Great to hear, lets hope the guys can fix them faster than another land or mud, or bank slides to close another.

IF the weather improves hopefully they will open all the routes, for this is one nice thing about the Island, the footpaths.

Jenny
Jenny
23 days ago

Great news – well done IoW council

Jonny
Jonny
Reply to  Jenny
22 days ago

Well done? Seriously?
its taken MONTHS just to move some land slip
when a slip occurred not too long ago, a farmer took it upon himself to do it,in a DAY.
so saying well done is laughable,as its not deserved,our dopey council should have sorted this within a week.

 

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