East Cliff Slip – Update June 20th

Posted on Monday 20th June 2016
Recovery work at the East Cliff is progressing well, following the overnight cliff slip at the end of April. 

Damaged lift carriages were removed in May and the East Overcliff Drive reopened to traffic in time for the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, with disruption both on the road and the promenade being kept to a minimum.

Initial stabilisation of the slope and removal of loose material from around the lift area is now nearing completion.

Due to heavy contamination from rubble and vegetation, the material removed from the cliff is unfit to be recycled onto the beach and arrangements are being put in place for this to be transported away.

Weight from a substantial amount of fallen debris has had a significant impact on the lower cliff lift Toll House, unfortunately resulting in major structural damage to the building. As a result, plans are in place to dismantle the building over the coming weeks with lift equipment being salvaged where possible.

Once this clear up operation is complete, the working zone on the promenade will be scaled back with barriers and signage in place to keep the public informed.

Larry Austin, Director of Environment, said:

 “It is our intention to have the site scaled back on the promenade ahead of the Air Festival.  We remain committed to the future of a cliff lift and all options are being pursued for reinstatement. We are clear, however, that it will be some time before these assessments are made and any necessary stabilisation work commences. The cliff lift will not reopen this summer.”

“Our next step after the removal of the final debris is a thorough assessment of the site to consider the next course of action.”

The temporary walkway on the beach adjacent to the cliff lift will continue to give pedestrian and cycle access until the promenade is back in use.