Coastal Management

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: What publications are available to purchase concerning landslide management and coastal erosion on the Isle of Wight?

Answer: There are various publications available including the Non Technical Guide to Coastal Defence and The Undercliff of the Isle of Wight. These are available by telephoning the Coastal Visitors Centre on (01983) 855400. A comprehensive list of publications is available on the website - Related Link

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Question: How do I find the Coastal Visitors Centre?

Answer: The Coastal Visitors Centre is situated in Dudley Road, Ventnor. A map is available on the website showing the exact location. By bus: Numbers 7, 7A, 3, 3A, & 6 - Related Link

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Question: Is the Centre wheelchair accessible?

Answer: Although we are working to make the Centre more fully accessible, currently only the lower floor is accessible to wheelchairs. The upper floor can only be accessed by those who are mobility impaired by six steps at the rear of the building. A wheelchair accessible toilet is available on the lower floor. - Related Link

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Question: What services are available to schools?

Answer: The Coastal Visitors Centre runs a variety of different courses on coastal issues aimed at key stages 1-4, A-level and University groups. Details are available on the website. A discounted bus service is available to Island schools. - Related Link

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Question: What events/walks are going on at the Coastal Centre this season?

Answer: The Centre runs a number of workshops and rockpooling expeditions for children and family walks particularly during the summer season. Check the website for details as these change regularly and are weather dependent. - Related Link

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Question: Does the Coastal Centre take student placements?

Answer: We regularly take students on placements ranging from GCSE level to Msc level. Please contact us direct to discuss this possibility on (01983) 855400. - Related Link

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Question: What is there to see at the Coastal Visitors Centre?

Answer: The Coastal Visitors Centre has themed rooms that look at different coastal issues such as erosion, landslides, coastal defences and flora and fauna. There is also a small aquarium. Information is held in the library and includes ground movement maps and the Shoreline Management Plan. - Related Link

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Question: Is it possible to hire the Conference room at the Coastal Centre?

Answer: It is possible to hire the conference room for meetings at the Coastal Visitors Centre. The room caters comfortably for 30 adults arranged theatre style or 20 adults seated at the meeting table. Coffee and Tea are available on request. Overhead projectors, Slide projectors and flip charts are also available. You can book by emailing sue.boyd@iow.gov.uk or telephone 01983 855400 - Related Link

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Question: What facilities are available to students at the Coastal Visitors Centre?

Answer: As well as a number of comprehensive displays, the Coastal Visitors Centre has a comprehensive library on coastal and ground movement issues. The library contains more than 800 journals and books. Although these are not available for loan, there is desk space for students to study the books in the library and photocopying is available also. No booking is required. There is a charge of ten pence per A4 sheet for photocopying. - Related Link

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Question: Where can I find information about ground movement on the Isle of Wight

Answer: The Coastal Visitors Centre in Ventnor holds information about ground conditions in Ventnor and areas of Cowes. Some of this information is available to purchase in map form. Maps and a Geographical Information System are also available to view at the Centre, although appointments are generally required to view the Geographical Information System. To make an appointment to view the GIS you must telephone 01983 855400. - Related Link

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