04 Mar 2013 Last updated at 00:00

Council to begin cliff repairs

A section of cliff at Shanklin that fell away resulting in the partial closure of the Sandown to Shanklin cliff footpath will soon be repaired.

In late December following a long periods of adverse weather, a section of cliff near to the Hideaway Cafe fell away. As a result, the Isle of Wight Council put in place diversions for safety reasons which has meant walkers need to use the pavement next to the main road into Shanklin.
It is hoped that the works to repair the damaged section of the cliff will mean the footpath can be fully re-opened in time for start of the Easter holidays.
The Isle of Wight Council has commissioned a specialist company to carry out the works, which will begin on 11 March. They will involve abseilers inserting metal poles into the cliff face, installing so-called 'soil boards' to replace the fallen section, and then filling in the new section.
The works are estimated to take around two weeks but are dependent on the weather. The diversions remain in place while the works are carried out.

The section of cliff that fell away
The section of cliff that fell away
  • The Island saw a significant amount of rainfall over the winter period, which small landslides occuring in a number of coastal areas.
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