Work to restore access to Undercliff Drive at Niton is due to start later this month. Work to clear tree stumps and undergrowth will begin before construction work starts on 22nd February and will initially create a turning point at the Niton end of Undercliff Drive. The road, which has been closed since a major landslip in 2014, is in an environmentally sensitive area and discussions between landowners and Natural England have been carried out due to bat colonies in nearby. Further work has been hampered by persistent rainfall which has increased the water level in the area and increased the possibility of slippage. Councillor Phil Jordan, Isle of Wight Council Executive member for the PFI, said:

“We appreciate that this has been a lengthy process to get to this point and we sympathise greatly with those residents affected and appreciate their ongoing patience. This has, however, not been a straightforward situation when multiple land ownership, contaminated materials, protected wildlife habitation, adverse weather and ongoing geological movement have all contributed to a lengthy but necessary process for scheduling works on site.”