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The Island’s MP, Bob Seely, has urged the government to use its coastal erosion fund to help the Isle of Wight Council find a solution to the Undercliff Drive landslip issue.

Speaking in a parliamentary debate earlier this week, Bob told MPs:

“The most significant ground instability problem and the largest occupied landslip in the United Kingdom is The Undercliff on the Isle of Wight.

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“Part of the road there gave way, and it has done so many times, lastly in 2014.

“My problem is that the council is unwilling to invest in rebuilding that road unless we can understand better and at reasonable cost the water flows underneath that part of our coastline.

“Therefore, we need projects such as the coastal erosion fund to give us the funding to understand some of these more geologically sensitive parts of the United Kingdom.”

Bob said he would be talking to the minister responsible to discuss the issue.

Councillor Dave Stewart, Leader of the Isle of Wight Council has welcomed Bob’s help:

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“Finding a solution to this complex issue is a priority for the council but we do need financial help if we are to progress the wider issues and government money would be a great boost. It makes it more challenging to reinstate the road without understanding what is happening to the land there because it could be carried away yet again.

“I thank Bob for his support. The Undercliff issue is costing the Island in lost economic activity and disruption to travel, plus not understanding fully the reasons behind it is causing anxiety for those who live near it.”

Since 2010, the UK Government have spent £3.2 billion on flood and coastal erosion risk management, as opposed to £2.7 billion in the 5 years before that, which is a real-terms increase of 8%.

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