10 Feb 2014
Totland landslide public meeting proves popular
Around 300 people attended the Isle of Wight Council’s Totland landslide information event on Wednesday 5 February.
The meeting was organised by the council following the publication of a report into the causes of the landslide and possible solutions.
The drop-in event provided people with the chance to speak with the council’s coastal engineers and representatives from the specialist consultants Mott MacDonald which wrote the report.
Cabinet member for public protection, Councillor Phil Jordan, was at the event and spoke to many residents. He said: “It was good to meet local residents to discuss their concerns and listen to their views on the future of the sea wall. I appreciate that residents would like to see the sea wall reinstated and we will take this into consideration when the Cabinet considers a way forward.
“As I have said before, it will be very costly to repair the sea wall and although we may be able to attract external funding, this is not guaranteed. The council is in very difficult financial times and we must think very carefully about how council resources are used.
“I would like to thank everyone who came along to the event, I hope they found the information we made available useful.”
Members of the Cabinet will consider the findings of the report. In addition, the matter will go before a future Full Council meeting as the petition contained more than 2,500 signatures. This is in line with the Isle of Wight Council's policy on petitions.
The report is available on the Isle of Wight Council’s Coastal Management section website http://www.coastalwight.gov.uk/
- You can see a video of the Totland seawall in the aftermath of the landslide on the council's YouTube channel.