Short-term solution sought for Undercliff

By Richard Wright

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

 

Short-term solution sought for Undercliff

Undercliff Drive, following a landslip in February. Picture by Peter Boam.

A SHORT-term solution to at least some of the misery of Undercliff Drive residents is to be investigated while experts work out whether a long-term fix to landslip is practical, or affordable.

The Isle of Wight Council’s executive agreed last night (Monday) that more detailed costs and a time-line for reinstating a road and pedestrian access should be prepared and considered in September.

That looks likely to cost several hundred thousand pounds.

But the meeting was told it was thought unlikely that detailed costings and a masterplan for  a comprehensive multi-million pound land drainage and stabilisation for the area would be ready by then.

Cllr Roger Whitby-Smith warned the council would haemorrhage money in a failed attempt to fight nature, but Cllr Dave Stewart said Undercliff Drive was a lifeline for that part of the Island.

Council leader Cllr Ian Stephens said: "We would be doing a disservice to the people of the Undercliff we do not take the extra step."

For more on this story, please see the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, July 11.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by RobiN BoX

9th July 2014, at 14:11:59

Roger - Yes that is right of course, they have various types / systems but a lot like the ones that drive in are of course not suitable as rely on a river bottom.

I think is would be worth consulting them, and if they don't have a temporary solution like that then it is likely there isn't one..

Regards - Robin

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by David Blackford

9th July 2014, at 06:22:05

Buy those houses Alan??? - they must be unsellable

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by kevin froment

8th July 2014, at 19:52:07

the first real answer ive seen on these pages for a while, nice work steve evans, would make a wonderful country walk when its settled

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by alan naylor

8th July 2014, at 19:27:15

whatever is by who built and by whom I recommend every user signs a disclaimer form or a sign saying at your own risk you cross

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by Mike Crowe

8th July 2014, at 16:39:37

Steve, sensible thinking.

Best idea yet.

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by steve evans

8th July 2014, at 16:13:22

why don't the council buy the few houses affected ,and not bother repairing the road surly that would be cheaper than the £20m they are on about for repairs and you don't have to worry about it any more just let it grow in, the unemployed could knock the houses down for free

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by Roger Grey

8th July 2014, at 12:09:32

Robin, that's the Bailey Bridge you are referring to. The basic design has been updated but the principle remains the same.
Being modular it can be erected very quickly and modified on site if required. And when no longer needed can be dismantled and used elsewhere.
It does of course need firm ground on both sides to support it, and that may be a problem on the Undercliff. It is something that should certainly be considered if only as a temporary access measure. I doubt that the utility services will be able to use it though.

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by David Blackford

8th July 2014, at 11:50:52

What does Cllr Stephens mean by doing a disservice & taking an extra step? Is he asking the rest of the Island to underwrite for slippage in that area?
People who bought properties in the Undercliff area must have known that it was a risky place to buy. - I've been led to believe that Insurance Companies will not insure for slippage in the Undercliff area.

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by RobiN BoX

8th July 2014, at 11:41:27

I feel sure the Army Royal Engineers could ' easily ' build a temporary Road Bridge across this gap, this I think would be an advantage for a few reasons..

NOT least the ability to adjust / extend if there was further GROUND MOVEMENT etc,, would even be a bit of a tourist attraction in a way, obviously with a weight limit.

My late Father worked on various types of these during WW 2 and the Royal Engineers Expertise is truly amazing and Legendary World Class.

They installed a temporary bridge across a river in Norfolk in the 1970's to By-Pass a weak concrete bridge, and it was there at least 10 -15 years in constant everyday use..

I'd like to know why it has not been considered - Regards Robin

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