Works have been taking place by the chalets at Monmouth Beach in Lyme Regis following a recent landslip.

The land in the area ‘can be very unstable’ and following recent bouts of heavy rain, the cliff has began to crumble.

Works have been taking place ‘to move some of the soil from the area’ because ‘some of the chalets were initially at risk from the land moving.’

Mark Green, Deputy Town Clerk at Lyme Regis Town Council said: “There has been a landslip on Monmouth Beach behind the chalets, but it’s not unusual and happens regularly, often after long periods of heavy rain.

“The land in that area is often very unstable. We have had to take some action to move some soil from the area as some of the chalets were initially at risk from the land moving. Some more work started on Wednesday to target any areas that may threaten the chalets themselves.

He explained that this landslip is ‘relatively minor’ in comparison to the ‘major landslip in 2012.’

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Landslip works near Monmouth BeachLandslip works near Monmouth Beach (Image: Lyme Regis Town Council)

There are ground monitors ‘dotted all over the sea front area’ which are monitored ‘at least three times a year,’ but even then, Mr Green said, ‘we can’t predict anything.’

He said: “It happens on a regular basis, it’s just what happens along the coast.”

There has been another more major landslip in the town near to Cobb Road which has impacted the road and verge.

Mr Green said: “We have various little bits of land movement which has affected the road and the verge next to the road.”

Dorset Council are currently dealing with the Cobb Road landslip and have been contacted for a comment.

A spokesperson for the Lyme Regis National Coastguard Institute said: "Taking it along with the recent falls from Kimmeridge in the east all the way to Sidmouth in the west totalling about ten in all we cannot stress enough the need to be careful on the coast whether above or below a cliff.

"As previously reported by Bridport News the Southwest Coast Path is currently closed between West Bay and Freshwater Beach with a large crack having been sighted. 

"Please observe local signage regarding beach or path closures, keep clear of cliffs if on a beach and do not get close to a cliff edge if walking a footpath."