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Cliff Top shelters to have a Makeover to include local Information17 July 2019

Residents at our recently quarterly meeting asked how the project for renovating the  shelters on Highcliffe Cliff top were progressing. BCP have now informed us that the project is progressing well and that on site works are planned for September/October, with a view to opening in late Autumn.

The designs have been strongly informed by public consultation and have now been finalised.  The works have been extended to include some refreshment to the further shelter as well as the one by the Cliff Hanger Café, although the focus is still very much on the latter. 

Becky Beaumont project manager from BCP says “We are very pleased to have local resident Professor Vincent May on board and helping advise with the content of all three of these boards and here is an outline of the work that will be carried out”:

  • Stripping back of existing paint and then repainting both shelters 
  • Cleaning the roof of both shelters
  • Applying a new finish to the base of each shelter 
  • Adding bespoke seating to the shelter near to the Cliff Hanger café 
  • Replacing the railing at the shelter near the Cliff Hanger (currently part of this is actually missing)
  • Landscaping around the shelter near to the Cliff Hanger
  • Adding a lectern-style map-based interpretation panel next to the Cliff Hanger café shelter – this will set the area in context of the local surroundings and point out key features both from a tourist, nature, and local economy perspective.  The panel will be wheel-chair friendly.  Both the physical style and the artistic style of this will match the two interpretation panels planned for the zigzag as we are using the same artist and supplier for both.  

Mary Reader form Highcliffe Residents Association said “ We are pleased to see that this project is progressing and will help to improve these rather tired looking shelters. The involvement of residents in this project has been of great benefit and is yet another example of being able to use the valuable resource and knowledge for the benefit of everyone. It was thanks to the council and residents working together that the Zig Zag Path was replaced and now we have another project to enhance the visitor experience to our cliff top”.