22 Oct 2021

Repairs set to begin on Cowes seawall

Repairs to the seawall and railings at Cowes, severely damaged in this week's storms, will begin early next week.

Engineers were on site early yesterday morning to make the areas safe and assess the damage left in the wake of high winds, torrential downpours and strong waves overnight (Wednesday).

They found railings were ripped out of the concrete and part of the sea wall had collapsed.

Isle of Wight Council contractors are back on site today (Friday) to recover debris from the beach, including masonry and ironwork, before repairs get underway next week.

Councillor Phil Jordan, Cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: "We are working quickly to get this section of seawall repaired after sustaining severe damage.

"These are important sea defences and this work must be carried out as quickly as possible to ensure adequate protection along this regularly walked part of the Esplanade as we head into the winter storm season."

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The storm damage on Cowes Esplanade
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  • The damage happened during this week's storms.
  • Railings had been ripped out of the concrete and part of the seawall had collapsed.
  • The damaged area has been made safe before repairs get underway next week.
 
Isle of Wight, UK