MULTI-MILLION pound plans to stabilise a landslide-damaged cliff have been signed-off by Poole council.

On Tuesday, councillors backed the £3.1 million project to secure the cliff face at Canford Cliffs which was damaged in February 2017.

Stabilisation work will also enable the council to resume its £4.2 million scheme to carry out a range of seafront improvements in the area.

The upgrade of existing beach huts, construction of new ones and the expansion of the café and pavilion was due to be tendered “within weeks” when the landslide forced its postponement.

Securing the cliff will enable the council to continue the project, which it predicts will boost its income by £230,000 a year.

In order to fund the work, the council is planning to borrow £2.9 million with the remaining money coming from the Coastal Communities Fund and its capital contingency budget.

The project was backed by the council’s cabinet earlier this month, before final approval was given by the full council on Tuesday.

Speaking at the meeting, Cllr Ann Stribley described the project as a “no-brainer”.

“It’s well over 30 years since we had a cliff slip and I don’t think the cliff was properly stabilised after that,” she said. “We can put in stabilisation and get beach huts which are seriously desired bring in an income.”