An emergency road closure has been put in place following the collapse of a retaining wall and significant cracking in the highway at Belgrave Road, Ventnor. The closure also includes Esplanade Road in the interests of the residents’ safety incase of falling debris.
We have continued to undertake twice weekly visual site inspections and monitoring of the wall movement and cracking both at the top of the terrace and the middle and lower sections. This has shown no further significant movement or cracking or deterioration in either the top, middle or lower sections of the wall above Esplanade Road. The wire netting also continues to work effectively to contain any debris should it fall.
We carried out a further specialist monitoring survey on site in March to give us a more accurate quantitative picture of any ongoing movement. This was then repeated in April and the good news is that this currently appears to show that movement in the area has all but ceased.
In parallel to this we have been continuing our discussions with the council about possible next steps. We are keen to be able to undertake further investigative work on site, however this does require specialist input and advice and because these specialists are based on the mainland the current restrictions around the Coronavirus outbreak means that we are unable to enlist their services at this time.
We continue to hold virtual discussions with these specialists and provide information, data and photos from the site, but we will obviously need to wait until they can make a visit to the site to carry out a physical assessment and determine how further investigative work can be carried out safely.
This also makes it difficult for us to put a timeframe to any programme to repair and reinstate the wall other than to reiterate our view that the road will remain closed for some time to come. However, rest assured as soon as we can do so, we will make sure you are fully informed about our plans.
In the meantime, we will be continuing our regular monitoring on site to ensure it remains a safe environment.
We appreciate your continued patience, understanding and cooperation as we manage this ongoing situation.
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 email@example.com
Thank you and stay safe and well.