Part of East Overcliff Drive is to be closed so that assessment work can take place first thing on Wednesday morning following the landslip at East Cliff.

A spokesperson for Bournemouth council issued this statement tonight, which said:"A temporary road closure is being put in place in part of East Overcliff Drive in readiness for detailed geo-technical assessments to get underway first thing tomorrow morning (Wednesday 27th April). 

"This assessment involves detailed monitoring for up to seven days and the road will remain closed for the duration of the inspection period.

"Traffic diversions will be in place from East Overcliff Drive’s junction with Manor Road and at the Russell Cotes Road junction with Bath Road.

"The East Cliff Zig Zag to the west of Meyrick Road will also be closed from both the top and bottom of the cliff and the cordon along the promenade will extend 120m either way from the site of the land slip, to allow full assessment and inspection to take place."

Chris Saunders, Head of Seafront Operations, said: “The advice received is that further land slips are not likely to be imminent. 

"However, a close and detailed assessment of the area of cliff from both the top and bottom is necessary over a number of days, in order for recommendations to be made about what future work or further decisions are necessary.”

He added:“Barriers and cordons will remain in place during this time and, so as not to impede the inspection, we are asking the public to observe these cordons.” 

A toilet block was flattened and the East Cliff lift damaged as tonnes of rock and rubble plunged 50ft on the promenade in the early hours of Sunday.