12 May 2014

Residents asked to stay away from East Cowes landslip

The Isle of Wight Council is advising members of the public to observe closure barriers on East Cowes Esplanade following the landslip in the area in late April.

Following a period of wet weather, a large section of land fell onto the road and it has continued to move since then and remains unstable.
 
The road has since been closed and safety barriers erected to keep people away as the area is dangerous.
 
Councillor Luisa Hillard, Executive member for the environment and the local member for East Cowes, said: "Following the long periods of adverse weather this winter, many coastal areas remain at risk and it is important all precautions are taken. Residents should make sure they keep well away from this dangerous area until it safe.
 
"It is a shame that the planned work of the East Cowes Community Partnership to manage the woodland and build a new footpath will need to be put on hold until such time as the area has stabilised."
 
The council is continuing to monitor the area and will be in a better position to determine a way forward once the ground has stopped moving.

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Since the landslip occured, it has moved even further and is now blocking the Esplanade road
Since the landslip occured, it has moved even further and is now blocking the Esplanade road
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  • As of May 2014, 16 towns across the Island had public footpaths partially closed or fully closed due to landslips.
 
East Cowes Isle of Wight