photo showing section of fenced off terracing at Belgrave Road Ventnor

Updated November 2020

An emergency road closure was put in place in January 2020 following the collapse of a retaining wall and significant cracking in the highway at Belgrave Road, Ventnor.  The closure also included Esplanade Road in the interests of the residents’ safety incase of falling debris.

We have been continuing to undertake twice weekly visual site inspections of both Belgrave Road and Esplanade Road to monitor the wall movement and cracking at the top of the terrace and the middle and lower sections. We have also carried out additional inspections after periods of bad weather.

These inspections have shown no further significant movement, cracking or deterioration in the top, middle or lower sections of the wall above Esplanade Road in recent weeks.  The wire netting also continues to work effectively to contain any debris, should it fall, and we have replaced the sandbags, so they continue to contain any surface water ponding on Belgrave Road.

The vegetation within the tiered walled sections has now grown significantly and this is making our inspections more challenging.  We have therefore employed specialist rope access teams to remove some of the vegetation on site and this will give us greater ongoing visibility through the winter months.

In the meantime, we continue to work together and with consultant engineers to look at possible longer-term solutions for the site.  Further information on other aspects of the project will be available soon.

We will continue to keep residents informed as this work progresses and thank them for their continuing patience.

We will issue a further update when there are any significant developments to report, but in the meantime, if you have any concerns please call Island Roads on 01983 822440 or email