Work to protect hundreds of homes in Lyme Regis from sliding into the sea is nearing completion. The 20 million pound project to stabilise cliffs on the eastern side of the town started last summer.
The land above is also being pinned in place to stop it slipping down towards the sea.
For centuries, gravity has been pushing it down, trying to fill gaps at the bottom caused by erosion. Each winter brings an increased risk to the 500 or so homes that are built on the eastern side of Lyme Regis.
This is the fourth phase of a project that began in the mid 1990s. Phase 2 beefed up the beach and pinned land in the centre of town in place in Langmoor and Lister Gardens. Phase 3 planned for the western side of town, has never started. Phase 2 was completed in 2007.
The engineering team is pleased that it seems to be working as planned.
Much of the work will be finished by the summer holidays and the tidying up will follow by the end of the year.
Duncan Sleightholme reports:-