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.