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Shanklin Cliff lift to remain closed for immediate future

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The Shanklin Cliff Lift will remain closed for the foreseeable future due to safety concerns after the public footbridge structure was found to have significantly and unexpectedly deteriorated.

The normal pre-season inspection undertaken last week has revealed the condition of the supporting steelworks of the footbridge at the top of the lift have significantly worsened since the last inspection and the lift cannot be opened until remedial works are carried out.

The council is urgently investigating whether anything other than a full replacement of the bridge can be done to ensure the lift can be used for at least part of the summer season.

One of the challenges for the council is that the operating plant is nearing the end of its serviceable life so an investment into replacing the bridge without also committing to the replacement of the plant would not be the best use of the council's limited financial resources. The combined value of these works is estimated at nearly £750,000.

"The council's normal programme of works to ready the lift for opening at Easter was well in hand and whilst some further deterioration of the bridge was expected it is fair to say that we are completely shocked at the results of the inspection. Public safety has to be our prime concern and although we will look at all options to get the lift open for the seasons I am not optimistic about its chances. It is ironic the scale of deterioration has been discovered only a few weeks before council was due to consider a report to release funds to replace the bridge and the lift plant at the end of the 2015 operation period."

– Councillor Shirley Smart, Executive member for tourism

A bus service operates on Shanklin Esplanade every half an hour between 9.58am and 5.28pm during the day (apart from between 1pm and 2pm) between 20 June and 31 August which members of the public can use to travel into the town centre, the railway station or the bus station.

Isle of Wight food appeal

Volunteers taking part in the Trolley Dash in Shanklin, Isle of Wight

The foodbank on the Island is one of 300 appeals across the UK and is set to reach its target of raising £5,000. The Isle of Wight have seen an increase in the demand for food supplies as more families are struggling to make ends meet.

Foodbank members raise awareness on the Isle of Wight radio

Local supermarkets also held charity collections to raise funds and food to help with the nationwide trolley relay by The Trussell Trust charity.

Hovertravel MD Neil Chapman gave the Trolley Push a fun send-off from Ryde Terminal with a fantastic performance by girl group Capo 4.

Isle of Wight Foodbank supporter Hannah King said "We are all making a difference to people who find themselves needing help and support. "


Teenager eats nothing but noodles

A teenager from the Isle of Wight has strange eating habits - she eats nothing but noodles.

Georgi Readman, 18, from Shanklin says she has had the addiction for the past 13 years.

She told the Sun newspaper she is frightened of fruit and veg has munched through 390 miles of the snack in her lifetime.

She first became hooked on the snack at the age of five when her older brother ate some ready noodles in front of her. For the full story click this link