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Warning after more Birling Gap rock falls

Birling Gap (N.T.). A new crack has appeared in the cliff by the boundary wall at the rear of the former Coastguard Cottages. February  28th 2014 E09004Q SUS-140228-172318001

Birling Gap (N.T.). A new crack has appeared in the cliff by the boundary wall at the rear of the former Coastguard Cottages. February 28th 2014 E09004Q SUS-140228-172318001

A further rock fall at Birling Gap has led to residents and sightseers being warned to stay away from the cliff edge at the popular tourist spot.

Poor weather over recent months has seen the cliff eroding at a terrific rate and the popular cliff-top cafe has been forced to demolish its sun lounge and ice-cream parlour after rock falls left the building perilously close to the edge.

In the same week two people were cut off by the tide in the area and Wealden District Council warned people to stay away from the cliff edge.

A spokesperson said, “Following further rock falls at Birling Gap the public are reminded in the interests of their own safety to stay away from the cliff edges around Birling Gap.

“Birling Gap steps, access to the beach and viewing platform continue to remain closed to the public. The public should also stay away from unfenced cliff edges along the Seven Sisters. Recent frosts and months of heavy rain have made all cliff edges unsafe, so please keep a safe distance.”

On Wednesday this week Newhaven lifeboat launched after reports of a woman cut off by the incoming tide.

The woman had walked to the area but then realised she was unable to use the Birling Gap steps which have been closed to the public because of the current dangers of the cliff collapsing.

The university student had been walking from Seaford to the area but did not realise she could not use the steps. The crew used its inflatable Y boat and took the woman back to Newhaven lifeboat station.

Deputy 2nd Coxswain Phill Corsi said, “It is worth checking with the HM Coastguards that any route is fully accessible before embarking on any shoreline walk at the moment due to the significant coastal erosion which has taken place.”

To watch the video of the dramatic rock fall this week go to: www.eastbourneherald.co.uk

 

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