Keep safe from coastal landslides

By Tilly Walder Nov 24, 2023

People are being urged to stay safe at the coast amid landslide fears.

Weeks of heavy rain means the risk of rockfalls is even greater than usual, and is likely to remain high until the spring, the Isle of Wight Council has warned.

Parts of the Island have already seen significant ground movement, such as between Bonchurch and Luccombe, where footpaths have been closed off for people’s safety.

Natasha Dix, the council’s strategic manager for environment, said: “While the Island’s coast is a wonderful place to visit, it’s important to use common sense and caution. Stay away from the edge and base of cliffs, and always pay attention to warning signs and safety messages. Admire the views from a safe distance and keep dogs on leads.”

Councillor Karen Luccioni, cabinet member for community protection, added: “Our advice is to take notice of warning signs and avoid going directly under, or on top of cliffs, no matter how tempting it might be. If you do get into trouble or believe anybody to be in difficulty at the coast or at sea, please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”