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Isle of Wight seawall footpath to reopen following landslip

Works to reinstate public access at a damaged section of Totland seawall on the Isle of Wight have been completed.

The footpath, which will be officially reopened this weekend, has been blocked since December 2012 when the seawall was severely damaged by a landslip during adverse weather. The landslip pushed a section of the seawall approximately 30ft towards the sea.

Following the damage, a £200,000 “make do and mend” repair scheme was approved and works began in July. The project, undertaken by Graham Attrill Civil Engineering, involved removing parts of the damaged section, laying a new sub-base and installing drainage.

The scheme will have an ongoing annual maintenance cost of around £10,000.

Isle of Wight councillor Phil Jordan said: “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.”

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