Totland Sea Wall
As a result of exceptional rainfall during Autumn 2012, the sea wall between Totland and Colwell was lifted up and pushed forward some thirty feet by major ground movement over the Christmas period, 2012. The sea wall suffered catastrophic failure and the result is that a portion of one of the most beautiful coastal walks on the Isle of Wight has been destroyed and the remainder closed for safety reasons, thereby preventing public access along this spectacular sea facing revetment. The walk forms part of the IW Coastal Path which is enjoyed by residents and tourists alike, as it overlooks the south coast and Hurst Castle taking in a wonderful panorama, including views of The Needles. It is one of the few accessible flat walks for wheelchair users on the island.
The Isle of Wight Ramblers has been supporting local campaigners who feel that the Council should meet their statutory obligations to reopen this public highway. £84000 has already been spent for an Engineering survey which suggested that over £2million is needed to repair and stabilise the area. To pursue this option a further £124000 would be needed undertake geological surveys. There is a possibility of a government grant of 20-30% towards the cost.
However a second option for a “make do and mend” approach is being considered. The cost would be about £200000 and we have been supporting this approach. The link path between Totland and Colwell is an important part of the existing Coastal path. The Council Executive is expected to make a decision soon.