CLIFF-TOP properties worth a combined £70 million have been saved from being cut off by a growing landslip.
The coast road between the 80ft cliff and ten blocks of flats at posh Canford Cliffs in Poole, Dorset was at risk of being swallowed up by ongoing erosion.
The local authority was previously forced to step in after a huge landslip in 2017.
There has been significant movement in the cliffs since then, prompting fears that the swanky flats that sell for £750,000 could be lost to a landslide.
The properties are set back from the cliff edge – but would have been cut off had erosion been allowed to continue.
The local council has spent £2.5m to have over 1,500, 50ft long steel nails hammered into the cliff face in a bid to protect the houses.
These giant poles will reinforce and support about 60,000sq ft of cliff.
Black erosion-protection matting has also been laid over it to help prevent minor landslips and stabilise the soil.
Residents living in the flats have told of their relief that the work has been done.
Ian Robertson said: “Clearly it needed to be done as without intervention the cliff would have eventually collapsed.
“I think some of the flats closer to the cliff must have been concerned about coastal erosion.
“I am fully supportive of the council fixing it. It is £2.5m of investment.”
Another resident said: “I remember the landslip very well when it happened, it was extremely concerning.
“I for one am relieved this work has taken place as it will secure the cliff for another 70 to 80 year we are told.”
Mark Andersen, portfolio holder for environment at Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, said: “Works being carried out are to address the cliff slip which happened in 2017.
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“The properties are quite a distance back from the cliff edge. There is a road and grassed areas between the cliff edge and the Cliff Drive apartment properties.
“A pre-works property condition survey was offered to residents, this is standard practise and most residents had their properties assessed.”
The cliff work is being carried out by engineers from specialist contractor CAN Geotechnical.
They began last September and the project is due for competition by the end of spring.