Hampshire & Isle of Wight

£500k to build Undercliff Drive landslip homes access

Undercliff Drive subsidence
Image caption The land at Undercliff Drive on the south side of the island crumbled away in February

Isle of Wight Council is to decide whether to allocate £500,000 to re-establish access to a road which suffered a major landslide in February.

Residents of Undercliff Drive had to evacuate their homes when the road began to collapse following heavy rain.

The authority is considering whether to build pedestrian access, a new access road to properties at the base of the cliff or a low-cost road from the west.

Councillors will decide on Tuesday whether to approve the funding.

The road, between Niton and St Lawrence, remains closed and a four-mile detour is in place.

The landslide happened during reconstruction of the road and eight families are still living in rented accommodation.

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