Recommendation on cliff works to be submitted to cabinet

As part of the Seafront Development Programme, recommendations will be made to Borough of Poole’s February Cabinet on essential cliff stabilisation works at Canford Cliffs.

Following a cliff slippage in 2017, seafront enhancements planned for Canford Cliffs were postponed. Engineers at Borough of Poole have been working closely with specialist advisors to make assessments of the on-site geology, using fixed monitoring and the taking of borehole samples.

Having reviewed the geology reports, options were considered, and a recommendation will be made to cabinet. The recommendation sets out a programme to stabilise the whole cliff face and to deliver an extensive development scheme. Under the scheme, 102 existing beach huts would be rebuilt, and 89 new additional huts installed along with an inspiring new café and public toilets. Alongside this, improvements would be made to the public realm adding appeal at this picturesque location.  As well as providing fresh new facilities, these improvements would be income generating.

Cllr John Challinor Cabinet portfolio holder for Culture said:

“The recommendation is a prudent long-term investment aimed at protecting the infrastructure of the cliff and safeguarding the promenade whilst improving facilities and providing a significant income stream.”

Taking 9-12 months to complete, this scheme has been recommended as an essential safeguarding programme aimed at protection of the promenade in this popular location for the benefit of all users. Works will also protect the road at the top of the cliff and ensure the postponed programme of seafront development can start.

Cabinet meets on 5 February to consider the recommendation. 

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