Short-term solution sought for Undercliff

By Richard Wright

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

 

Short-term solution sought for Undercliff

Undercliff Drive, following a landslip in February. Picture by Peter Boam.

A SHORT-term solution to at least some of the misery of Undercliff Drive residents is to be investigated while experts work out whether a long-term fix to landslip is practical, or affordable.

The Isle of Wight Council’s executive agreed last night (Monday) that more detailed costs and a time-line for reinstating a road and pedestrian access should be prepared and considered in September.

That looks likely to cost several hundred thousand pounds.

But the meeting was told it was thought unlikely that detailed costings and a masterplan for  a comprehensive multi-million pound land drainage and stabilisation for the area would be ready by then.

Cllr Roger Whitby-Smith warned the council would haemorrhage money in a failed attempt to fight nature, but Cllr Dave Stewart said Undercliff Drive was a lifeline for that part of the Island.

Council leader Cllr Ian Stephens said: "We would be doing a disservice to the people of the Undercliff we do not take the extra step."

For more on this story, please see the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, July 11.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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