Bournemouth Borough Council has said that work to clear debris and secure the cliff lift structure will get underway today following a landslide at East Cliff last month.
The council has said that close and detailed inspection of the area of cliff from both the top and bottom has shown that no further movement has occurred and the current work will clear the site as well as prepare it for longer term stabilisation work.
The council has said that the clean up will start with abseiling teams descending from the cliff top to secure the damaged Edwardian-era lifts to the running rail ahead of an operation to lift them off the cliff.
A 120t will be brought in to remove the lifts and help clear landslide debris from the cliff failure on 24 April, which includes rock-filled gabion baskets.
Once work at the top of the cliff has been completed, the council has said that its team will then work from the promenade level to remove any remaining debris and regrade the slope to helps stabilise the ground.
“As we now move towards this next phase of works we will see an operation to recover the debris from the recent cliff slip on site,” said Bournemouth Borough Council director of environment services Larry Austin. “During this time a contractor working zone will be in place with large machinery being operated, therefore pedestrian access will be restricted along the cliff top.
“It is our intention to have the site cleared within the next few weeks. Once we have undertaken the clean-up operation we will establish any longer term actions that may be required.”