WORK to clear a section of Bournemouth beach is taking place this week, with part of the prom sectioned off.

Fencing continues to be set up on both sides of Happyland amusements on the seafront after earth, rubble and stone came down from the West Cliff last Thursday.

Chris Saunders, head of seafront operations for Bournemouth Council, said: "Work will be ongoing this week to clear the debris from the landslip site.

"We will be looking to re-open the promenade when this is finished ahead of the Bournemouth Marathon next weekend."

He added that the work is being carried out to remove debris from the roof of the amusements arcades 'as the landslip is quite small and very localised.'

Cllr Lawrence Williams, cabinet member for tourism, leisure and the arts, said: "We don't anticipate any disruption to the marathon festival. We are working as hard as we can to get it ready for marathon, but of course everybody's safety is paramount."

The Bournemouth Marathon Festival runs on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2 featuring a marathon, half marathon, Supersonic 10k, Supernova 5k, Junior 2k and Junior 1.5k.