Undercliff options revealed by council

By Matthew McKew

Friday, June 27, 2014


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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by Mike Crowe

29th June 2014, at 16:28:37

Claire, nature will have the last word, no matter how annoying people find that statement, so it might just as well be left to nature now. It's too big for man to handle for a long term solution. And, is man better than nature?

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by Claire Kulba

28th June 2014, at 18:07:25

there is no 'solution' :(

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by alan naylor

28th June 2014, at 17:08:33

ps too summit a bid 1 to 21/2 million speaks volumes of the delema

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by alan naylor

28th June 2014, at 16:51:03

Sympathy for all concerned how ever it will slip again and the money spent will be wasted and Steve its not a garden if a garden is left fallow it still grows that's nature abeit weeds and wildflowers

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by Steve Smith

28th June 2014, at 12:11:37

Totally agree David, all I'm saying is "do nothing" is not an option. Whether it be limited access, pedestrian only access or some other solution

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by David Blackford

28th June 2014, at 11:09:06

If the landslip affects you Steve you have my best sympathy - but a major landslip in an area prone to landslip is only going to slip again - as it has done in the past, if old photos of the Island are anything to go by

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by Steve Smith

28th June 2014, at 10:02:21

I see the usual suspects are back again with their "Leave it to Nature", "Do nothing". Yet they are the first to shout when potholes appear in the roads, what about when trees fall across roads should we just leave them too? After all it is Nature. No you, fix the problems, you make repairs. Do you leave your gardens to Nature? if not why not?

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by David Blackford

28th June 2014, at 09:40:02

I see what you mean Don - Google Isle of Wight HPR report

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by Don Prescott

28th June 2014, at 09:10:30

"Three reports by Island Roads"?
What on earth for?
The HPR 1995 report would have told the council almost all they needed to know.

Is this not yet another case of Parkinsons Law (work expands to fill the time available for its completion) being used by the council?

Option 5 - a "low cost road" for less than £100,000 just shows how out of touch with reality these fools are.

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by David Blackford

28th June 2014, at 08:10:29

Option 7 - Do nothing and wait 'til next heavy rain to see if it has stabilised - then think again. That blue slipper clay will be waiting to be lubricated

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