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."