A popular Isle of Wight promenade footpath between Totland Bay and Colwell has been partially reopened following a major landslip clear-up.

Tonnes of rock and debris have been cleared by IW Council contractors from the seawall, restoring public access along the promenade from the Totland Pier gates up to the existing landslip section.

Work is expected to start later this month to repair the voiding discovered underneath the seawall on the Colwell side of the landslip.

The council aims to fully reopen the footpath – which was closed for public safety in February – at the ‘earliest opportunity next month’.

Cllr 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.

Isle of Wight County Press:

"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."