16 Feb 2014
Extra security along Undercliff Drive
Following today's successful operation to assist a number of residents to remove belongings from their homes along a section of Undercliff Drive, the Isle of Wight Council has arranged for round the clock security in the area.
A local security company will be patrolling the area throughout the night. In addition mobile CCTV is being arranged and Hampshire Constabulary is increasing its presence along the Undercliff.
Chief superintendent Dave Thomas of Hampshire Constabulary said: "We have assisted in the safe evacuation of residents of a number of properties in Undercliff Drive. This area is not safe as a result of a landslip caused by the recent weather conditions. I would urge members of the public to stay away from Undercliff Drive.
"We have been working closely with Isle of Wight Council, the military and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service to provide reassurance to people living in this road and those nearby. The local safer neighbourhoods team and special constables have been providing a high visibility presence over the past few days, this will continue for as long as necessary.
"Anyone with concerns can contact the local safer neighbourhoods team at Ventnor Police Station on 101."
A formal road and footpath closure remains in place along Undercliff Drive between Mirables and Old Park Road. Saturated ground and continued movement make conditions in the area extremely dangerous so members of the public should keep away.
- The Undercliff Drive runs between Niton and Bonchurch