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DAYLIGHT REVEALS EXTENT OF ZIG ZAG LANDSLIP – HOUSE CORDONED OFF

E9fa1eed-d3bc-4424-9116-9dcee3d8eae4Day break has revealed the extent of a landslip that occurred behind a house on Zig Zag Road in Ventnor last night (Friday).

As first reported by Island Echo, emergency services rushed to the scene at around 18:45 after receiving reports of ground movement behind the property ‘Tower House’, near the junction with Bellevue Road.

Police closed down the area amid fears public safety was at risk, before later scaling down the response. Officers went door to door at properties directly above the slip but no households had to be evacuated.

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Now, the Isle of Wight Council is to begin assessing the extent of the slip and work out the next steps to be taken.

Photographs captured by Island Echo this morning reveal that the landslip is fairly small in scale, but tonnes of earth and rock has fallen into the rear of the family home below.

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Police have cordoned off Tower House and the road directly outside has been closed, but a public footpath up to Ocean View Road remains open.

The local authority has been anticipating such incidents in January and February, as a result of the record-breaking weather seen in October last year.

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Local residents have raised concerns about the ongoing situation in the town and the risk of being cut off following the major landslide at Bonchurch in December, a fall at Bath Road, the continuous movement of The Grabum and the most recent falls at Gills Cliff and Zig Zag.

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A public meeting is to be held at St Catherine’s Church next Thursday at 18:00 to provide an update on the issues at Leeson Road.

Zig Zag Road remains closed in both directions to all traffic, as does Gills Cliff Road following yesterday morning’s rock fall. It means the only accessible route in and out of Ventnor is now Ocean View Road/Mitchell Road.

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Sure4Law
Sure4Law
3 months ago

Was there garden/bank work going on and the exposed subsoil endured the rain?

Reg Dennis
Reg Dennis
3 months ago

We need to keep the elderly drivers off the roads to keep everyone safe

Reg Dennis
Reg Dennis
Reply to  Reg Dennis
3 months ago

This is one of our usual trolls using my name, just ignore the retard.

Elizabeth Helen
Elizabeth Helen
3 months ago

Ah terror towers. Matey going on and on about his band and the good old days then one night they all turn up and play in his room for 10 hour gig.

Jim Boon
Jim Boon
Reply to  Elizabeth Helen
3 months ago

Idiot, so many on this island

Alfredo
Alfredo
3 months ago

Sell up and get out while it’s still there.Not looking good over there at the moment

John Bond
John Bond
Reply to  Alfredo
3 months ago

Not very easy to sell with a garden full of rocks and earth.

bobthebuilder
bobthebuilder
Reply to  Alfredo
3 months ago

How who’s going to buy? …worthless can’t get in surance no mortgage…

Wotawally
Wotawally
Reply to  Alfredo
3 months ago

Would you buy it? I wouldn’t give £10 for the property.

Davimel
Davimel
Reply to  Alfredo
3 months ago

Mmmm good idea, but who is daft enough to buy it? Let’s play the “what parts of Ventnor are not insurable” because as we see things, there are few areas from the Grabun down that are 100% safe from landslides. We will have to wait until May/June for things to hopefully calm down and see what is and isn’t repairable.

Voice of Reason
Voice of Reason
Reply to  Alfredo
3 months ago

Who in their right mind would buy a property in Ventnor

Dangermouse
Dangermouse
3 months ago

The retaining wall has collapsed. It doesn’t look like major movement. It’s probably been slowly moving for years behind the wall.

Dave G
Dave G
3 months ago

This must be wiping the value of nearby properties right out. There either needs to be a massive investment to stabalise the region or the inevitable will happen.

Reality Check
Reality Check
3 months ago

Ventnor gradually becoming an island within an island.

i v y searle
i v y searle
3 months ago

I suggest large wide gabion cages filled with granite aggregate used at the base with steel pole bracing into the sold rock at the base where there is no ground movement.

This is not like the undercliffe whereby the whole ground is shifting forwards, just a water sodden heavy upper layer has collapsed. So a simple means to repair and make safe the unfortunate householders property and those living there.

IF however the cliff above is the councils responsibility, then as it is cheap, not unsightly and environmental friendly, unlikely they will use such. They prefer doing nothing, BUT if ‘having too’ using a Sledge hammer to crack a nut.

Cue the ‘nut’ slurs no small doubt, as people don’t like the truth on here.

James Tickner
James Tickner
3 months ago

More of this will happen when the holiday season gets underway with the large coaches flock to the island and drive around like headless chickens with half a dozen people on board.

pj mann
pj mann
3 months ago

The rain is the cause of this we are told, soaking into the ground. But what is done to keep ground water to the area away? Are there enough drains and ditches installed and are they kept clear so they work. Anyone living in these risky areas can help b y keeping an eye on local ditches and drains and pulling out any twigs or rubbish that is blocking them. If done quickly it will avoid a lot of trouble as they can back up with mud and leaves and be hard to clear.
Otherwise if blocked, water will spill out and soak into the ground and eventually to the rocks below making them even more likely to slide. .

Reg Dennis
Reg Dennis
3 months ago

Too many elderly people are not going through the process

Minder
Minder
3 months ago

This road closure is total nonsense. As was the call to emergency services.

Why?
Because the Fall happened in January!
The owner of Tower House has already had an engineer & builder assess the bank, which is why the stones behind the railings are separate from the other & have been stacked to one side. When such material falls, it does not separate by its self.
So this road closure by the overzealous should be lifted.

Jim Boon
Jim Boon
3 months ago

So come on Isle of Wight Council do your job properly you get enough.

Hayley
Hayley
3 months ago

And the council will sit back and watch everywhere fall apart. If they don’t get this sorted out and it’s happening all over the island its going have terrible knock on effect for the people that live here and businesses . It wont be safe for holiday makers to visit our ĺovely beaches we have . Will they start to maintainthese places or not?

 

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