Sub-committee could decide sea wall's fate next month

By Emily Pearce

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

 

THE fate of the Totland sea wall could finally be decided next month, more than a year and a half after it collapsed.

As previously reported, the Isle of Wight Council executive agreed last month to further investigate a 'make do and mend' option to partially repair the wall and lay an unsurfaced footpath, estimated to cost between £175,000 and £200,000, rather than spend £2.1m rebuilding the wall.

At Monday's meeting, executive member for health and safety Cllr Phil Jordan urged members to make a firm commitment to repair the wall and popular coastal walkway — but they were unwilling to do so without finalised costs.

Instead, they recommended the property disposal and capital programme sub committee consider the issue at its meeting on August 5. It will decide whether to allocate cash from the council's capital contingency fund, which could mean other capital projects miss out.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Patrick Hall

9th July 2014, at 17:59:59

Not happy. A decision needs to be taken and actioned before winter storms aggravate the situation.

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by tony white

9th July 2014, at 15:30:46

For once Don I have to agree with you, if county hall were an infants school it would be put in special measures immediately.
In the time these comedians have been in power not a single election promise has been honoured, the peoples views have been routinely ignored and treated with contempt and they are incapable of making any decisions. An eminent " councillor" recently opined that amateurs cannot run a business yet that is precisely what the island is saddled with now, incompetent amateurs

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by William Sykes

9th July 2014, at 14:39:08

These clowns are not capable of making any decisions. I really don't know what they are there for. If every decision is made by some other body after yet another costly consultation, then are not value for money & should go.

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by Don Prescott

9th July 2014, at 13:49:56

"Instead, they recommended the property disposal and capital programme sub committee consider the issue", who will, no doubt, put it out for.........................consultation.
What does the "executive" (a misnomer if ever there was one) want the "property disposal" sub-committee to do?
Flog the landslide mud to a local farmer?

Can't these fools just make a decision!

Another 2 years and 10 months of this "island First" type politics and the island will be well and truly banjaxed.

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