Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Huge Sidmouth cliff fall sparks emergency action plea

PUBLISHED: 11:27 03 December 2012

Cliff fall. shs cliff1

Cliff fall. shs cliff1

Archant

THIS is the dramatic moment that another massive chunk of Sidmouth’s soaked coastline thunders to the beach below – and prompts calls for emergency action to be taken.

Fears have been expressed that several substantial cliff falls in the space of a few stormy days have put the eastern town at higher risk from the sea.

Devon’s lead councillor for flooding says it is ‘only a matter of time’ before the last protective piece of Pennington Point is lost.

A shingle bank that had started to build up at the toe of the Triassic cliff was also swept away during unrelenting rain at the weekend - exposing a deep void.

Woolbrook Meadows resident John Austin, 70, spotted a crack along the stretch when out for a normal walk last Friday.

Camera in hand, the shocked pensioner snapped away as a huge amount of soil came plummeting down.

John, who often stops at the spot to take photos to document the changing face of the cliffs, said: “It’s the first time I’ve ever seen anything like that.”

Surface run-off from the fields above was attributed as a major contributing factor to the landslip.

And Councillor Stuart Hughes, the county’s lead member for flooding, said Pennington Point is also ‘exposed to attack’ from high tide twice a day.

“I am of the opinion that unless some form of emergency rock revetment work is carried out and put in place it will be only a matter of a short period of time before we lose the last section of cliff that is protecting both eastern town and Alma Bridge from south easterlies and, with it, the threat of tidal flooding.

“It certainly will not wait for the proposed Beach Management Plan to be drawn up and I believe it will qualify for Defra emergency funding.”

Cllr Hughes has also requested the county council seeks funding for a 3D laser scan survey of Pennington Point to be carried out.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Public defecation, aggressive begging and harassment should all be added to a new order being drawn up for Sidmouth, according to civic leaders.

Read more

“I think it is probably the most photographed car in Sidmouth now,” say police as images go viral on Facebook and Twitter

Read more

An Exeter based ecology business has discovered a rare species of bat roosting in East Devon.

Read more
11:43

First time offenders could avoid conviction as part of GPS Pathfinder, a new scheme being rolled out by Devon and Cornwall Police in June

Read more
11:40

A number of Sidmouth footpaths have been listed for repair works by county bosses.

Read more
09:28

It is cheers all round at the Volunteer Inn as its landlords celebrate five years in business.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:27

East Devon residents are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote in time for this year’s Devon County Council elections.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:22

A selection of some of the beautiful photos our iwitness24 members have been sharing.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:40

District bosses are consulting on their latest plans for new street trading rules, which would exclude Sidmouth from the proposed changes.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:06

East Devon Dance Academy presents Triple Fantasy 2017.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 3°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications