Trust's hopes for coastal car park

By Jon Moreno

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Trust's hopes for coastal car park

The crumbling at Compton car park. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

THE National Trust is urging Isle of Wight planners to approve plans to restore a crumbling coastal car park.

With bad weather continuing to pound the Island, coastal erosion is causing further damage to the popular public car park at Hanover Point, Compton.

Recently, as the picture shows, a section of the car park has fallen away from the cliff, leaving tarmac overhanging it.

Although the small section affected has been cordoned off, the National Trust, which owns the land, has warned visitors to the car park not to stand or park too close to the edge.

In December, the National Trust applied for planning to restore the car park and reinstate an 860 sq m section of grassed land as hard-standing, which would create up to 40 new car parking spaces with access.

It is proposed the new car park will have a gravel surface on top of compact chalk.

National Trust head warden Robin Lang, based at Mottistone, said: "We want a new car park using new materials that will provide all-year-round car parking.

"The existing car park has been affected by ground instability. Since 2006, the capacity of hard standing has reduced from 52 parking spaces to 37, with a further two spaces lost to cliff erosion very recently.

"I’ve no idea how long planning will take, but I hope we can get things moving soon.

"I have been looking at cliff recession and if it continues at the same rate, it will reach the Military Road within the next 25 years."



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by alan naylor

13th February 2014, at 20:46:52

Unbeilievable thinking below 25 years the whole carparrk could slipdown tomorrow put the ashphalt some where else there could be a lot of weight when full of cars and people caaarfuul now

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by David Blackford

11th February 2014, at 16:34:29

Loss of toilets. - Umm, when I was a lad you literally "paid a penny" - about - about 50p. in todays money to use the facility. If that was still the case, we could afford to keep public lavatories open and clean.
Sadly we live in an age of vandalism, so nowadays it would have to be a robust turnstile at the entrance

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by Colin Barton

11th February 2014, at 14:00:07

David I don't think military road will be there in 10years time

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by Susannah Thornton

11th February 2014, at 13:37:35

Whilst they are re-thinking how to make this car park safe and usable for the public, could they also consider that many people who park here do not pay for parking, they leave their cars and no one comes round to check there is a ticket on them. Also the toilets need maintenance and regular cleaning, as they have at busy times been disgusting. Sorry totally off topic I know, but the whole situation needs a major rethink in my opinion. Shame as its such a nice beauty spot for a picnic and day out when its nice weather and it would be sad to lose access to the area.

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by Mike Crowe

11th February 2014, at 12:23:52




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by Keven Ball

11th February 2014, at 12:19:07

It is Keven! As I said a few feet Baz, which is around 6 feet or depending on badly the area is affected a bit further back after inspection by the council I assume? The main point is people's safety.

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by Keven Ball

11th February 2014, at 10:32:38

I feel the car park will have to be set back another few feet for safety reasons. Not much you can do other than that,

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by Don Prescott

11th February 2014, at 10:24:56

"Gravel surface on top of compact chalk" ????
Dear me!
To do the job properly, it would require several 20 metre vertical piles tied in to each other.
Gravel on chalk?
I do not think so.

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by David Blackford

11th February 2014, at 10:01:09

And if the weather continues like this? - Bye-bye Military Road in maybe 10 years?

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