‘A sad sight’ - remains of summerhouse which fell down cliffs ‘choke’ River Sid

Debris on the River Sid. Picture: Eve Mathews.

Debris on the River Sid. Picture: Eve Mathews. - Credit: Archant

The remains of a summerhouse which plummeted down Sidmouth’s crumbling cliffs from a resident’s garden were pictured ‘choking’ the mouth of the River Sid. Photographer Eve Mathews focussed her camera on the ‘sad sight’ near Alma Bridge this week.

Debris on the River Sid. Picture: Eve Mathews.

Debris on the River Sid. Picture: Eve Mathews. - Credit: Archant

The demise of the summerhouse – and the town’s crumbling coastline – made national headlines last week.

As Eve’s photos show, its remains could be seen among a mass of straw/reeds fragments and twigs, with various sized chunks of polystyrene. Colour is added by a variety of plastics - drinks bottles, containers and old balls.

“At the moment it is trapped by the shingle bank and ideally should be gathered in/netted before it gets washed out to sea again,” said Eve.

“Many pieces of wood have nails projecting from them and could be dangerous if washed out on to our beaches.”

Debris on the River Sid. Picture: Eve Mathews.

Debris on the River Sid. Picture: Eve Mathews. - Credit: Archant


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