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