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INDEPENDENT UNDERCLIFF REPORT PUBLISHED

Undercliff Road Ahead Closed at top of Old Park Road (Ventnor End) The Isle of Wight Council has today (Friday) published an independent technical review of two previous reports into a temporary road recently constructed by residents at the western end of Undercliff Drive.

The technical review was conducted by Newport-based consulting civil engineers and environmentalists, Pritchard Wilmott and assesses the conclusions of the Ramboll Technical Report into the temporary road and the Undercliff Drive Temporary Road Safety Assessment undertaken by Island Roads.

The report suggests that light vehicles only should use the temporary road with a weight restriction of 2 tonnes and a width restriction of 2 metres. In addition, the road should not be for general public use and regular inspections should be carried out.

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Executive member for public protection and highways PFI, Councillor Phil Jordan, said:

“This technical review has been shared with residents and we are assuring them that its contents and findings are being carefully and fully considered, and as swiftly as we are able. It has raised a range of points which will need to be satisfied before any action may be taken in relation to the temporary road. These include key issues relating to safety and liability.

“We are very mindful of the residents’ hopes for a satisfactory resolution and will ensure any decision we make is properly and responsibly reached.

“While the independent technical review relates to the temporary road constructed by residents at the western end of Undercliff Drive, at this week’s Executive meeting the council made a decision to create a pedestrian route along the section of Undercliff Drive affected by the landslip earlier this year together with a low cost, limited access, road from the west which would give residents vehicular access to their homes.

“Officers will now be working on developing this scheme, which will require detailed design work and costing. The aim is for this work to be completed as soon as practicably possible, however, this will be subject to issues which include having appropriate weather and ground conditions for the work to take place.”

The full report can be found here.

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