21 May 2024, 09:00am
Totland to Colwell seawall footpath partially reopened

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 voiding discovered underneath the seawall on the Colwell side of the landslip.

The council’s aim is to fully reopen the footpath — which was closed for public safety in February — at the earliest opportunity next month.

Councillor Paul Fuller, Cabinet member for coastal protection, said: “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.”