Huge cloud of dust seen over Sidmouth yesterday

A video of yet another cliff fall in Sidmouth has emerged after a pedestrian spotted “a huge cloud of dust.”

No doubt Stuart Hughes will get excited about this again. Cliff falls are a natural event Stuart, that’s why cliffs look the way they do with near vertical faces. Soft sandstone erodes relatively fast and even Owl has witnessed a number over the years. Video can be seen on devonlive link as well as facebook.

Chloe Parkman www.devonlive.com

The footage was shot by Emily Hayter, when she was out walking along Sidmouth town beach yesterday (Monday April 13).

Emily said: “I suddenly saw a huge dust cloud so I could tell it must have been a fairly big fall!”

The red cloud of dust looms over Sidmouth

This particular landslide follows several others in Sidmouth over the last couple of months.

This incident captured by Emily was uploaded and shared onto Sidmouth’s community Facebook page, where other members of the group were quick to share their images.

Fellow group member, Julie Barber, was at the top of peak hill when she noticed the vast red shadow looming over Sidmouth.

Julie said: “I was looking at the view and noticed it.”

One viewer said: “We could see this from Budleigh.”

Back in March, DevonLive reported on Cllr Stuart Hughes, who called for emergency action to be taken due to the ‘risk to life’ that the latest cliff fall imposed.

Authorities urged people to stay away from the cliffs and enjoy them “from a distance.”

Proposed action to be taken involved that of The Beach Management Scheme.

Construction cost of the Beach Management Scheme, being the preferred scheme in order to protect the town and the cliffs, is estimated to cost around £8.9 million, with around £1million still needed to be found by the end of 2020 at the very latest.