Photo from councillor Ian Ward.

A safety net is to be installed to protect Ventnor residents from a road on the verge of collapse.

The Isle of Wight Council says there has been ‘no significant change’ in the movement of an unstable wall below Belgrave Road.

As first reported by Isle of Wight Radio last Thursday (16), a landslip forced the closure of that road, as well as Esplanade Road.

One property was subsequently evacuated last weekend amid safety fears.

In a joint statement with Island Roads, the council says it continues to monitor the site:

“…we have been liaising with the utility companies; Southern Water and SGN who have both been working on site. The focus of their work has been to ensure the water and gas supply within the area can be safely maintained for residents.

“Our priority continues to be the safety of residents and while it remains unsafe and impractical for us to intervene substantially onsite until the situation has stabilised, we have assessed the site area and are planning to take steps to remove any loose material from the site that we can safely access and easily remove, using specially trained, professional roped access teams.

“Although these steps will not stop any wall movement, they will help to remove some of the loose pieces of material that are not contributing to the stability of the wall, preventing them from falling onto the area below.”

The council says work will be carried out this weekend to ‘minimise the effects of the changing weather’:

“We are also progressing well with our arrangement to install a safety netting system over the area which is also intended to reduce the risk of falling debris should further movement of the wall occur in the coming days and weeks…

“…we are continuing our monitoring on site around the clock and regular site inspections by engineers and this will continue over the weekend. The council’s community liaison officers have also been making regular checks on residents and will continue to do so in the coming weeks.”

Residents who have any concerns are being urged to call Island Roads on 01983 822440 or email [email protected].