Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Solution for Isle of Wight coast road erosion

Military Road, Isle of Wight
Image caption Councillors are considering a plan to slow the erosion process

A project is being considered to extend the life of an Isle of Wight coast road which is under threat of erosion.

Land alongside Military Road, on the south east of the island, is being gradually washed away by water running down from the hills.

Isle of Wight Council is considering a plan to divert the water, which could prolong the life of the road.

But the council has also warned it has no money for the scheme and funding would have to be found elsewhere.

Environment and transport councillor Edward Giles said: "If the option is chosen, then funds will have to be found by stopping other schemes that had been planned for this year.

Affordable engineering

"This must be in our minds when we weigh up the cost of this work against the amount of time we could expect the project to extend the life of the road by."

The plan to divert the water was developed from suggestions made during a public consultation. The council said it could prolong the life of the road by "several years".

Mr Giles added: "Earlier this year, I said we must make a decision with our heads and not our hearts.

"As an islander myself, no one will be happier than me if we can arrive at a solution where an affordable engineering solution allows us to retain the life of one of the island's most iconic roads."

A report on the proposal will be considered by the council's cabinet on Tuesday 12 October.

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