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 installed and anchored a safety netting system over the area (see photo above). This is intended to reduce the risk of falling debris should further movement of the wall occur in the coming days and weeks.
We have been continuing to undertake daily site inspections (twice daily during the two named storms) and monitoring of the wall movement and cracking both at the top of the terrace and the middle and lower sections.
The heavy rainfall during the storms has resulted in the top section of the wall moving further downwards, with falling material coming to rest on the lower terrace. However, the wire netting has worked effectively and contained the materials within the site.
No movement or deterioration was observed in the middle wall and no additional cracking or deterioration was observed in the lower wall above Esplanade Road.
The current movement notwithstanding, we are keen to reassure residents that, contrary to some media reports, there are no signs that the road itself is substantially in any danger of collapsing.
While the wall continues to move, it remains unsafe and impractical for us to intervene until we can be certain the situation has stabilised further. However, we are continuing to look at what steps we might be able to take as soon as it becomes safe for us to do so.
A topographical survey of the site area was carried out last week which will assist us in this process. This, together with the installation and initial survey of monitoring equipment, will enable us to undertake more detailed monitoring of the site and allow us to see when it has stabilised sufficiently for us to carry out a more thorough investigation on site.
We appreciate your continued patience, understanding and cooperation as we manage this ongoing situation. We understand that residents will be keen for this situation to the rectified and the road reopened as soon as possible, but we must wait until we can be satisfied that any work on site will not pose a safety risk either to residents or to our workforce or affect the stability of the area.
We would ask members of the public to continue to respect the road closures in place and to not put themselves at risk by entering the areas that have been cordoned off with safety fencing.
We are continuing to hand-deliver updates to residents in Belgrave Road and Esplanade Road when there are developments to report and we will also post updates on this page to help keep the wider community informed.
If you have any concerns please call Island Roads on 01983 822440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org