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Storms leave mark on coastal footpath

A Raad ny Foillan sign leans at a precarious angle on the coastal footpath at the bottom of the Sloc

A Raad ny Foillan sign leans at a precarious angle on the coastal footpath at the bottom of the Sloc

Winter storms are still leaving their mark around the Manx coast.

Waymarkers on the 95-mile long Raad ny Foillan coastal path bore the full brunt of the gale forces winds that battered the island - and many have been left with signs missing and posts blown over.

The south west section is particularly from Port St Mary to the Sloc appears to have bee hardest hit.

But there has been damage in other areas too - including access to the beach at Orrisdale where the storms have accelerated coastal erosion.

Bill Corlett, network operations engineer for the highways division, said: ‘We aren’t aware of a massive amount of signs needing repair, but we do rely on reports from members of the public informing us of problem areas. Unfortunately we don’t have the resources for someone to walk all of the coastal path every year to check all of the signs.’

He said works are planned, or have been carried out, to repair signs at the Majestic in Onchan, repair the steps and signs at the Dog Mills. and replace missing signs at Derbyhaven and between Peel and White Strand.

Path repairs are planned between Port Mooar and Maughold Church and for the timber walkway Port Grenaugh and Port Soldrick, and the steps at Port Grenaugh are also scheduled for attention.

The steps onto the beach at Orrisdale will be rebuilt and work is also planned to repair the stile at the Sound and improve the stiles between the Sound and Port Erin.

 

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