CONCERNED residents have had their first look at multi-million pound plans to save Clacton and Holland-on-Sea’s crumbling cliffs.

The cliffs are at serious risk of slipping into the sea, which means that 3,000 homes could be lost over the next 100 years if nothing is done.

Tendring Council has put forward five options for the future of the seafront between Holland Haven and Clacton Pier.

They include doing nothing and allowing the cliffs to erode, building straight or fishtail rock groynes, or creating a rock revetment.

Residents are being asked for their say before a final report is submitted in May.

Tendring Council, which will pay £3million towards the scheme, is confident the Environment Agency will fund the scheme and hopes work could start by early 2015.

Cabinet member Nick Turner said:”This is the largest and most complicated project that this authority has ever set out to deliver."

He added: “If we pull this off, this will be the second largest coastal defence project in the UK and a fantastic legacy for Tendring for the next 100 years.”

The plans are on show daily at Holland-on-Sea Public Hall from 12noon to 5pm until February 8.