Cliff path to reopen

By a County Press reporter

Monday, March 4, 2013

 

Cliff path to reopen

The cliff near the Hideaway Cafe, which is due to repaired.

A FOOTPATH closed after a cliff fall will reopen in time for Easter, according to the Isle of Wight Council.

As previously reported, a section of cliff near to the Hideaway Cafe, near Shanklin, fell away in late December following a long period of adverse weather.

As a result, the council put in place diversions for safety reasons which has meant walkers need to use the pavement next to the main road into Shanklin.

It is hoped the works to repair the damaged section of the cliff will mean the Sandown to Shanklin cliff footpath can be fully re-opened in time for start of the Easter holidays.

The authority has commissioned a specialist company to carry out the works, which will begin on March 11.

They will involve abseilers inserting metal poles into the cliff face, installing so-called 'soil boards' to replace the fallen section, and then filling in the new section.

The works are estimated to take around two weeks but are dependent on the weather. The diversions remain in place while the works are carried out.

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