WE write with regard to the new fencing and posts on the East Cliff at Bournemouth, part of the extension of the successful goat grazing scheme.

Residents will be pleased to know that the height of the posts and fencing is being reduced in response to comments we have received about the views from the clifftop being affected.

The fencing for the new enclosure was originally intended to sit further down the cliffside and therefore cause no restrictions to the fantastic views of Poole Bay and our treasured coastline. However due to the profile and stability of the cliffs it was installed higher up.

So following feedback from members of the public, work will begin shortly to reduce the height of the fencing and posts and restore the views as much as possible. Please accept our apologies in the meantime for any inconvenience caused.

As background, Echo readers may like to know goat grazing is a very effective method of managing the cliff vegetation safely and sustainably and has proved popular with many residents and visitors. The project has been trialled successfully at Boscombe Overstrand since 2006.

The goats will happily eat invasive, non-native plants and this in turn encourages the return of native plant and animal species as well as improving the stability and health of the cliff face.

These works are included in a package of projects in a five-year Countryside Stewardship grant awarded to the council and there is no cost to council taxpayers.

CLLR LEWIS ALLISON, cabinet member for tourism, leisure and communities

CLLR DR FELICITY RICE, cabinet member for environment and climate change

BCP Council