Section of Bournemouth prom to stay “closed until further notice” after shock landslip

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A SECTION of promenade will remain closed ‘until further notice’ following the landslip at East Cliff last week as the council continues to monitor whether it is dangerous.

The shock 170ft landslip blocked the beachside walkway between Bournemouth and Boscombe last Thursday night – with the rocks and debris engulfing the promenade but missing any passers-by. A clear-up followed and a geo-technical expert examined the area on Friday afternoon.

However, the council said it is likely to remain closed for the next few days.

CCTV captured the moment the landslip happened at Bournemouth

Seafront manager Chris Saunders said the expert had determined all the debris had fallen away with no further danger of a landslide.

He added: “A small amount of loose material, however, may fall when it next rains.

“We have been advised that a section of the cliff adjacent to where the landslip occurred does need monitoring over the next few days and therefore the surrounding promenade in that area will stay closed until further notice.”

The council said it could not specify exactly when public access would be restored but stressed that the zig-zag path down to the beach front is open and the rest of the promenade is operating as usual.

However, the East Cliff lift is closed and the land train will not be running a pier-to-pier service until the council confirms otherwise.

Professor Roger Moore, a geomorphology expert, said it is no surprise there have been landslips around the coast given the recent wet weather, but that although it is possible to predict where they will happen – it is much more difficult to judge when.

The University of Sussex academic added that it is quite rare to have consecutive winters with such extreme wet weather, and that the region has not experienced two in a row such as this since 2000 and 2001.

He said: “We need suitable experts to carry out rigorous inspections of the cliff.”

Richard Edmonds, project manager of Dorset County Council’s Jurassic Coast team, said this section of the cliff is composed of sand, gravel and clay.

“The seafront protects the cliff from erosion to a certain extent but really heavy, prolonged rainfall can lead to landslips like this, as well as rock falls,” he added.

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9:53am Tue 25 Feb 14

Dave2207 says...

The 'expert' stated, "...it is no surprise there have been landslips..." so why does your headline declare that it was a "shock" landslip? Why can't journalists report events without their being "shock", "horror" or "terror" involved?
The 'expert' stated, "...it is no surprise there have been landslips..." so why does your headline declare that it was a "shock" landslip? Why can't journalists report events without their being "shock", "horror" or "terror" involved? Dave2207
  • Score: 11

10:14am Tue 25 Feb 14

stanlake says...

I hope the expert had time to examine the Toft zigzag, as the flow of foul looking liquid through the retaining walls and mortar separation looks rather ominous.
I hope the expert had time to examine the Toft zigzag, as the flow of foul looking liquid through the retaining walls and mortar separation looks rather ominous. stanlake
  • Score: 2

10:25am Tue 25 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

For anyone clearly including the expert quoted who understands how cliffs are formed in the first place a landslip along a cliff edge during a wet and stormy spell could never be called a 'shock'.

Only the substantial promenade along Bournemouth's seafront prevents such falls being a completely routine event and indeed our current seafront being significantly further inland.
For anyone clearly including the expert quoted who understands how cliffs are formed in the first place a landslip along a cliff edge during a wet and stormy spell could never be called a 'shock'. Only the substantial promenade along Bournemouth's seafront prevents such falls being a completely routine event and indeed our current seafront being significantly further inland. muscliffman
  • Score: 5

11:58am Tue 25 Feb 14

free_sparrow says...

Beside the shock I declare this as an award winning and best of town landslip!
Beside the shock I declare this as an award winning and best of town landslip! free_sparrow
  • Score: 0

12:40pm Tue 25 Feb 14

beachcomber1 says...

this is just an excuse for them to drag their heels over removing the debris.
this is just an excuse for them to drag their heels over removing the debris. beachcomber1
  • Score: 0

2:23pm Tue 25 Feb 14

ranger_bob says...

beachcomber1 wrote:
this is just an excuse for them to drag their heels over removing the debris.
From the second paragraph of the story - "A clear-up followed and a geo-technical expert examined the area on Friday afternoon. "

So not really much of an excuse
[quote][p][bold]beachcomber1[/bold] wrote: this is just an excuse for them to drag their heels over removing the debris.[/p][/quote]From the second paragraph of the story - "A clear-up followed and a geo-technical expert examined the area on Friday afternoon. " So not really much of an excuse ranger_bob
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5:07pm Tue 25 Feb 14

beachcomber1 says...

ranger_bob wrote:
beachcomber1 wrote:
this is just an excuse for them to drag their heels over removing the debris.
From the second paragraph of the story - "A clear-up followed and a geo-technical expert examined the area on Friday afternoon. "

So not really much of an excuse
errr have you actually been there? the "clearup" consisted of builldozing all the earth onto the beach, where it remains.
[quote][p][bold]ranger_bob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beachcomber1[/bold] wrote: this is just an excuse for them to drag their heels over removing the debris.[/p][/quote]From the second paragraph of the story - "A clear-up followed and a geo-technical expert examined the area on Friday afternoon. " So not really much of an excuse[/p][/quote]errr have you actually been there? the "clearup" consisted of builldozing all the earth onto the beach, where it remains. beachcomber1
  • Score: 1

7:29pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Lord Spring says...

beachcomber1 wrote:
ranger_bob wrote:
beachcomber1 wrote:
this is just an excuse for them to drag their heels over removing the debris.
From the second paragraph of the story - "A clear-up followed and a geo-technical expert examined the area on Friday afternoon. "

So not really much of an excuse
errr have you actually been there? the "clearup" consisted of builldozing all the earth onto the beach, where it remains.
And will be washed out sea, a natural process when cliffs fall its only sand
[quote][p][bold]beachcomber1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ranger_bob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beachcomber1[/bold] wrote: this is just an excuse for them to drag their heels over removing the debris.[/p][/quote]From the second paragraph of the story - "A clear-up followed and a geo-technical expert examined the area on Friday afternoon. " So not really much of an excuse[/p][/quote]errr have you actually been there? the "clearup" consisted of builldozing all the earth onto the beach, where it remains.[/p][/quote]And will be washed out sea, a natural process when cliffs fall its only sand Lord Spring
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8:27pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Phixer says...

free_sparrow wrote:
Beside the shock I declare this as an award winning and best of town landslip!
Trebles all round dear boy! Another award for the mantlepiece.
[quote][p][bold]free_sparrow[/bold] wrote: Beside the shock I declare this as an award winning and best of town landslip![/p][/quote]Trebles all round dear boy! Another award for the mantlepiece. Phixer
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