Wildlife Trust ‘fully sympathetic’ to Undercliff residents

Other reports have been quite alarmist on the re-laying of Undercliff Drive. OnTheWight has spoken to the Wildlife Trust and got a far more balanced response.

Undercliff resident re-opening - attempted re-closure - Island Roads and residents - St Lawrence sign

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Trust have issued a statement in relation to the new section of volunteer-rebuilt road on Undercliff Drive.

The County Press reported on Monday that the Trust were considering legal action because of a small intrusion of the new road on SSSI land.

Trust: “No plans for further action”
The Trust has confirmed to OnTheWight today they “have no plans for further action”.

Their full reply was:

“The Wildlife Trust is fully sympathetic to the impact that the landslide has had on our neighbours.

“Sometime in mid-October a replacement road has been built, reputedly by local residents frustrated at the slow progress of the local authority and their contractors in repairing the road.

“It appears that the alignment of the replacement road has encroached upon part of the Wildlife Trust’s St Lawrence Woods Nature Reserve. This is a freehold property of the Wildlife Trust. As well as managing the site for wildlife we have responsibilities for people who are on our property.

“The Wildlife Trust has erected signs advising people of the safety risks involved.
the impact that the landslide has had on our neighbours.”

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Thursday, 30th October, 2014 10:05am

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Cynic

“The County Press reported on Monday that the Trust were considering legal action because of a small intrusion of the new road on SSSI land.

Trust: “No plans for further action”
The Trust has confirmed to OnTheWight today they “have no plans for further action”.

…. as I suggested previously, a smokescreen raised by C(onservative?) Press.

tryme
The red-headlined notice issued by the IW Wildlife Trust and displayed on the site, a photo of which is in the paper CP this week, (seen by me just now), is far more strongly worded than their response to OTW. “…The work has been carried out without the permission of the WT or any of the relevant permissions from statutory bodies. DO NOT USE THIS AREA. The… Read more »
dragonfly

What a shame the road builders didn’t consult all the landowners, Wildlife Trust included, before taking the action. They could have marked the SSSI boundary for them, preventing any damage. Like it or not, it is an offence to lay tarmac on a SSSI and something that could have been avoided.

Joe

Agreed. I’m sure that Island Roads could have advised them on what materials to use as well.

Mason Watch

An outbreak of common sense and logic…… Shurely shome mistake!

The Sciolist

In light of his radio interview, perhaps Bill Murphy would like to comment?

Let’s not hold our breath.

island guerrilla

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retired Hack
There is a fairly universal view in IW political circles that Bill Murphy “needs taking down a peg or two”. By fairly universal I mean not just the usual suspects. Susan Scoccia held such a view, expresssed to me personally. But there are other, current figures. Let me put it like this. If the current administration were to decide to examine what BM’s remit should be in… Read more »
Cal

Earlier today, I read and quite enjoyed the comment by ‘island guerilla’. From memory it was a refreshingly outspoken opinion about Mr Murphy. I hope the “investigation” will permit it’s re-appearance without too much editing.

Island Monkey

Using certain words to describe individuals on here is unhelpful and likely to attract complaint or legal argument. We must remember officers of the council enjoy free legal advice as part of their job.

Perhaps we could see the missing post with the offending word redacted?