Cliff instability

The cliff behind the Spa complex is known to be the site of a pre-existing landslide prone to both frequent shallow small scale landslides and major deep seated landslides.

The cliffs behind the Spa are made of soft clay type material and are too steep to remain stable forever.

There is widespread evidence that there is currently small scale movement happening in the cliffs behind the Spa, causing damage to the footpaths, low level walls, cliff lift and the Spa buildings.

A major landslide has the potential to destroy the Spa Complex and associated seawalls, and threaten the cliff top properties on the Esplanade, in a similar manner to the 1993 Holbeck Hall Hotel landslip disaster 1km to the south.