Coastal footpath repairs and beach replenishment underway

Published: 21 May 2024

Monks Bay

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

Tonnes of rock and debris have been cleared from the promenade by Isle of Wight Council contractors, 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.

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 wall ahead the majorea defence 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 (pictured), 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.

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."