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Zig Zag Path

Having been monitored for over a year, the Zig Zag path leading from Highcliffe Castle to the beach was closed for public safety in March 2017 as surveys showed a failure of the retaining timber support is potentially imminent. Although the council has set aside funds of £350,000 and was also recently awarded approximately £280,000 towards the rebuild as part of the Dorset Coastal Community Bid a decision was taken by CBC not to replace the path as costs would be far in excess of the amount available. However, following a campaign and a huge amount of work done by Bob Hutchings and a team of former engineers and surveyors, the Council have obtained a new estimate, which is considerably less than had been first estimated by ACOM the consulting engineers employed by CBC.

An official planning application for the area have now been submitted. Because of the value of the works a full tendering process must take place once the final design is approved and depending on the weather it is likely that building work will start in November 2018 and take up to six months, meaning the Zig-Zag Path could reopen in time for Easter 2019.

Grand Opening of the Zig Zag Path by Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester

Grand Opening of the Zig Zag Path by Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester
14 May 2019

A note from Bob Hutchings The Council has now finalised its arrangements for the opening of our pat…

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Crowds arrive for the residents opening of the Zig Zag Path

Crowds arrive for the residents opening of the Zig Zag Path
19 April 2019

Crowds of people turned up on Good Friday to celebrate the unofficial opening of the Zig Zag Path.…

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Zig Zag Ramp Replacement Scheme: April 2019 update

Zig Zag Ramp Replacement Scheme: April 2019 update
15 April 2019

Stakeholder Progress Update – Highcliffe Castle Zig Zag Ramp Replacement Scheme Work on sit…

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Highcliffe Castle Zig Zag Ramp Replacement Scheme Update March 2019

Highcliffe Castle Zig Zag Ramp Replacement Scheme Update March 2019
4 March 2019

Work on site is progressing well with the upper section largely finished. All timber cladding has …

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Progress Statement: Highcliffe Castle Zig Zag Ramp Replacement Scheme

Progress Statement: Highcliffe Castle Zig Zag Ramp Replacement Scheme
4 October 2018

The following has been received from Brian Nippard, Engineer, Christchurch and East…

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Zig-Zag path

Zig-Zag path
2 September 2018

The plans to rebuild the Zig Zag path have now been approved. The budget for the work is £88…

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