12 Feb 2014

Caution urged following landslips

Residents are being asked to take extra care when walking along the Island’s coastal footpaths and beaches.

The recent stormy weather has led to landslips at Compton Bay, the Undercliff, Tennyson Down and the Bay area. With the Met Office forecasting more rain and strong winds, further land movement is possible.

Members of the public are advised to exercise caution on coastal paths near cliff edges where paths could be slippery or the ground unstable. Also, extra care should be taken near to the sea due to high tides and strong waves.

Peter Marsden, coastal manager at the Isle of Wight Council, said: “With more wet and windy weather on the way there is a risk of further ground movement and strong waves along our coastline. We would like to advise people to take extra care on our coastal paths near cliff edges, particularly if walking with children or pets, and to stay away from the base of cliffs or landslip sites as there is always the risk of further landsliding or rock falls.”

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