The Durlston Bay coastline suffers from sporadic cliff instability with large landslides reported for many decades. Rock protection was installed in the late 1980s along a short section of the bay closest to residential premises most at risk of coastal erosion. There are over 85 properties located in the study area.
A major landslip was noted in April 2001 south of the rock revetment. Groundwater pumping was undertaken to help stabilise the cliff, but the area is still at risk. DCF will be re-engaging with all interested landowners along the frontage in this area. This will help provide input from the local community into the development of the proposed strategy and raise awareness of the risk.