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PHOTOS: SHOCKING EXTENT OF MASSIVE LANDSLIDE IN VENTNOR REVEALED – LAND CONTINUES TO COLLAPSE

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Daylight has revealed the shocking extent of a massive landslide in Ventnor that has completely reshaped the landscape and has seen around 20 households evacuated amid fears the properties could collapse.

Aerial photos captured by Island Echo show the true scale of the slip at Bonchurch, which occurred shortly before 21:30 last night (Sunday).

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The major land movement – described as horrific by those affected – has seen the Smuggler’s Haven car park and toilet block destroyed and has left nearby homes teetering on the edge. A car is now marooned on an isolated piece of land that was once part of the tea room car park.

The whole area has changed beyond recognition but it is only now, with the advantage of daylight, that authorities can begin to fully assess the impact. The area remains very unstable with further slippages witnessed and new cracks appearing this morning.

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Homes are now just metres away from the edge of a sheer drop

As first reported by Island Echo, Police descended on the Leeson Road area after HM Coastguard received a 999 call from concerned residents. It had been reported that houses were at risk, prompting the deployment of senior officers. Upon arrival at the scene, Police were met with a significant void in the area around Smuggler’s Haven, which was still moving, with at least 1 property losing around 40m of garden.

The majority of those evacuated overnight have chosen to stay with family and friends, with temporary accommodation – arranged through the Isle of Wight Council – provided for those who are unable to do so. A temporary place of shelter was established at Daish’s Hotel in Shanklin during the early hours of this morning for those displaced to meet and receive assistance.

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An elderly woman and her dog, who said she was in a dazed state, are among those evacuated with self-doubt about whether she will return to any property left at all. Another local resident has described the situation as ‘horrific’ and says he isn’t sure he will still have a house standing today.

Leeson Road remains closed this morning and will remain so until further notice. An emergency hard road closure is in place from Shanklin Old Village through to St Boniface Road, Ventnor. This means that all traffic is being routed through Wroxall and Whiteley Bank, including Southern Vectis’ Route 3 buses.

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Leeson Road remains closed in both directions – and will remain so for the foreseeable future

This week’s landslide comes just weeks after footpaths were closed in The Landslip area following a significant landslip. Coastal Path V66 was closed alongside footpaths V65, V65a, V65b, V65c and V67. Back in June, the famous Devil’s Chimney was closed too due to the movement of the concrete steps and 2 landslides in the area. Now it is feared it may have been lost altogether.

Officials are concerned that over the coming weeks, further problems could arise on the Island as it takes around 2-4 months for water to seep through the ground. This means it is likely we are now seeing the result of August’s unseasonably wet weather which saw around 110mm of rainfall recorded in that month.

September was somewhat drier but a further 64mm was recorded. October saw a massive 250mm of rainfall on the Island with another 200mm in November too – suggesting the risk of further landslides is high moving into the early part of 2024.

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The Bonchurch Landslip was mostly formed during large landslides in 1810 and 1818, with the Victorians transforming the area into a woodland beauty spot. Over the years the land has continued to change, but this could be the most significant slip in well over 100 years.

It’s unclear if the Devil’s Chimney, the Clink or the Wishing Seat have survived this latest fall.

The Isle of Wight Council is advising residents to stay away from the area until further notice.

Anyone affected by this incident should contact the Council helpline on 01983 823111.

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Ventnorlad
Ventnorlad
6 months ago

This is incredibly sad and my heart goes out to those affected by this.

Surely that road can’t be a long-term viable route out of Ventnor

How
How
Reply to  Ventnorlad
6 months ago

Good .Ventnor is xxxxhole full of drugged up noncinse.Hope there rest of it crumbles away

just a query
just a query
Reply to  How
6 months ago

You insensitive pratt, even if you have commented to get a rise out of people….Rather than your ill informed views on Ventnor and the people that live there, this happens to be Bonchurch…..So get your facts straight first. People are likely to lose their homes and a business.

Jo blogs
Jo blogs
Reply to  How
6 months ago

You Nasty lump of excrement, why do we have scumbags like you on this lovely island???….take a very long look in a mirror and you will see what a turd looks like….Long may you suffer, and please don’t breed more like you…

Robot
Robot
Reply to  Jo blogs
6 months ago

Perhaps it was God’s.plan.To slow down the inbreeding. Stop the inbreeding..

Caz
Caz
Reply to  Robot
6 months ago

Maybe you should be in there boots , what shit to come out with have some respect

Caz
Caz
Reply to  Jo blogs
6 months ago

They probably live there, and feel embarrassed

SuzyWong
SuzyWong
Reply to  How
6 months ago

Try spell checking before you make stupid remarks.
And have a look at a map of the island. Fool.

Weather girl
Weather girl
Reply to  How
6 months ago

What a complete tosser you are! Words fail me.

Dave G
Dave G
Reply to  How
6 months ago

The CPS says that comments made online that are grossly offensive constitutes a criminal offence. The above comment is indeed grossly offensive. Maybe someone should report it. Why is the Island Echo allowing such horrible comments to be published? People have lost everything, nothing about the comment above is acceptable.

Robot
Robot
Reply to  Dave G
6 months ago

What does the truth hurt.

Joe Bloggs
Joe Bloggs
Reply to  Robot
6 months ago

You mean the truth according to idiots like you.

JohnTheSecond
JohnTheSecond
Reply to  How
6 months ago

Is your brain smooth?

Joe Bloggs
Joe Bloggs
Reply to  How
6 months ago

Wonder how you would like it if your home was under threat and I made an idiotic comment like this about your area? Ignoramus.

Jingo
Jingo
Reply to  Ventnorlad
6 months ago

Awful for the people who have lost their homes, and awful for the Island, as we have very few man made visitor attractions, let alone free and truly beautiful natural ones, which this place was.

As the Council despite thousands of extra homes being built here, all paying c.tax, can’t seem to even cut road hedges, verges very often or keep open existing footpaths and beach access points, WHAT hope of these money squandering bunch ever getting this once lovely area re opened again.

Too busy wasting workers money on the nere do wells, importing those from far flung places here, and giving ever more to other hopeless, costly cases of drug offender and low life.

So a massive loss in many many ways.

gloria solomon
gloria solomon
6 months ago

Wow,what a massive landslip,I feel so sorry for all those affected

Wee Jimmy
Wee Jimmy
6 months ago

Sadly nailed on given the amount of rain we now seem to get because of climate change.

Not going to magically go away (despite all the wonky under-educated denialists still about), either.

JudgeMental
JudgeMental
Reply to  Wee Jimmy
6 months ago

“Climate change..”

Oooo-kay

Ted
Ted
Reply to  JudgeMental
6 months ago

This has been happening for hundreds of years to the south of the island. Climate change has nothing to do with this. Bonchurch to Sandown is all at risk now of landslides. The question should be did the council know about this year’s ago…

wuzzyg
wuzzyg
Reply to  Wee Jimmy
6 months ago

So what about 1810 and 1818 presumably the climate did was changing then

wuzzyg
wuzzyg
Reply to  Wee Jimmy
6 months ago

So what happened in 1810 and 1818 ?

Jo blogs
Jo blogs
Reply to  Wee Jimmy
6 months ago

Why do you fxxking far left fascist keep spouting you crap, go back to your brain washing university and wave some flags…

JohnTheSecond
JohnTheSecond
Reply to  Jo blogs
6 months ago

Did you pass your gcse’s brother?

Morris Barton
Morris Barton
Reply to  Wee Jimmy
6 months ago

lol.climate change

Julianne
Julianne
Reply to  Wee Jimmy
6 months ago

Oh dear, the Climate Cult strikes again. Hysterical hand-wringing is no use here dear.

JohnTheSecond
JohnTheSecond
Reply to  Julianne
6 months ago

Are you a patron member of Alex Jones, did you also recently get your twitter account back?

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Wee Jimmy
6 months ago

Education or indoctrination .sounds like the latter if you want to force your viewpoint on others.

Joe Bloggs
Joe Bloggs
Reply to  Wee Jimmy
6 months ago

Has nothing to do with climate change. We had a wet spell like this in the early 60’s in which we lost a cottage, so there is nothing new about it.

Charlie Page
Charlie Page
Reply to  Wee Jimmy
5 months ago

Climate is always changing. There isn’t a climate change. Just natural normal weather. CC is just another money making racket. Have a look at the real story not what is given you.

Rhyme and Reason
Rhyme and Reason
6 months ago

Well done to the emergency services for evacuating everybody including pets before anyone got hurt.

Weather girl
Weather girl
6 months ago

Devils chimney is directly below there so that will be under all that land fall. Feel so sorry for all those poor people . The road is really close too so makes you wonder when it’ll reopen if at all!

Arthur Reeder
Arthur Reeder
Reply to  Weather girl
6 months ago

Now if only Ventnor had a train service?
Oh of course, it wasn’t needed was it?
Well it is now!
Classic scenario….major landslip on main route in and out of Ventnor followed by problems with the hill up to Wroxall…..
All this and they still prevaricate over the St Lawrence route. Those of us with memories remember Ventnor as a vibrant bustling little town.
It seems whatever is done, mother nature goes one better.

Elizabeth Clarke
Elizabeth Clarke
Reply to  Arthur Reeder
6 months ago

Why do you need a train service… how would that help with this current landslide?

Fedup
Fedup
Reply to  Arthur Reeder
6 months ago

We still have to grasp”she always will”.

Jo blogs
Jo blogs
Reply to  Weather girl
6 months ago

It won’t be, it will need to be moved further in land, and that won’t happen….

Caz
Caz
Reply to  Weather girl
6 months ago

I loved walking through there

elemental
elemental
6 months ago

I avoid the No.3 route round there; it’s been an incident waiting to happen for ages & lucky nobody’s been hurt.

Trev
Trev
6 months ago

The island is falling apart and getting smaller each day,
but don’t worry 1,000s of more homes will be built on
this island that cannot cope now

subby
subby
6 months ago

should have shown the drone view right from the sea to show the proper perspective.

Ivor gram
Ivor gram
6 months ago

Dont buy s house near a cliff

D Craddock
D Craddock
6 months ago

Surely this is a question of basic physics or logic. Think about a pie crust. Above average heat cuases water to evaporate therefore the land will become excessively dried out and brittle. Addition of excessive water to this state, enters the cracks, the weight of water finding the easiest route, plus battering of winds, possible seismic activity, results in collapse. This has nothing to do with the deity you may or may not choose to believe in, nor the class or type of person who lives in that place, nor climate change. It’s basic common sense.

 

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