Walkers Urged to Take Extra Care Along Purbeck Coast
9:21am 12th February 2013
(Updated 11:42am 12th February 2013)
After yesterday's major landslip at Lyme Regis, we're being warned to take extreme care along Swanage Beach.
The local authority says there a continued risk of landslips there, after heavy rain in December made many sections of the cliff unstable.
Further wet weather last month has made the situation worse - with significant slippages north of Ocean Bay.
Some walkers have been ignoring the warning signs and getting dangerously close to the cliff edge.
Councillor Bill Trite, Town Mayor and County Councillor, said: "We are very concerned that some people are ignoring the warning signs and getting dangerously close to the highly unstable cliffs".
Councillor Trite continued: "The landslips are still active so please be sensible, take notice of the warning signs and keep away from those parts of the beach to which the signs refer."
In some places, high seas have washed away sand levels between the groynes, making them extremely difficult to cross. There is also a danger of people getting stuck in mud that has fallen onto the beach. For safety reasons it is recommended that the far end of the beach is currently best accessed via the South West Coast Path and Sheps Hollow.
Authorities are stressing, however, that people shouldn't be put off from coming to Swanage.
Councillor Ian Brown, Chairman of the Town Council's Tourism Committee, said: "There is still plenty of beach to enjoy in Swanage, so please don't stay away. Come and enjoy the surroundings, just don't risk your life or that of your loved ones."