Undercliff options revealed by council

By Matthew McKew

Published on Friday, June 27, 2014 - 16:38


Undercliff options revealed by council

Undercliff Drive.

THE future of Undercliff Drive is to be discussed by the Isle of Wight Council at the next Executive meeting on July 7.

Councillors will look at six options for the road, where homes were evacuated because of ground movement and landslides earlier this year.

It is being recommended councillors and Island Roads look at the costings in more detail before making a decision.

The proposals have been developed from three reports by Island Roads.

Land movement at two locations along the road between Ventnor and Niton left nine properties inaccessible by vehicle.

The six options are:

Option 1 – re-establish pedestrian access only (£250,000 to £500,000).

Option 2 – repair and reopen the road with access from one direction only (£1 million to £2.5 million).

Option 3 – repair and reopen through road from Ventnor to Niton (£6 million to £20 million).

Option 4 – establish a new access road to properties along the base of the cliff (£200,000 to £500,000).

Option 5 – establish a temporary low cost road from the west (initially less than £100,000).

Option 6 – permanent vehicular closure of the affected part of Undercliff Drive, pedestrian access limited to residents.

Councillor Jon Gilbey, executive member for resources and highways PFI, said: "The welfare and concerns of the affected residents remain paramount and in the mean time we are keeping them fully aware of progress and are reassuring them that we are doing all we can to reach a decision on the road’s future as soon as possible."

Reporter: matthewm@iwcpmail.co.uk


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