Enormous rocks have collapsed from a cliff face in Exmouth and have crashed onto a popular beach.
Chloe Parkman www.devonlive.com
The arches on a cliff at Orcombe Point – below the Eastern Steps – have tumbled onto the sand.
In a statement on Facebook, Exmouth NCI said: ”Huge new rockfall at Orcombe Point, Exmouth.
”Please stay away from the bases of the cliffs.
”Prolonged rain, big surf and spring tides continue to undermine the cliffs.”
Huge cliff fall in Exmouth (Image: Exmouth Coastguard and Rescue Team/Richard Bramwell)
In an additional warning to the public, Exmouth Coastguard Rescue Team said: ”Please keep well away from the area as the cliff is still very unstable and further collapses could still happen.”
The study suggests parts of the coastline at Seaton, areas either side of Branscombe and East of the River Sid at Sidmouth may see more erosion than previously predicted.
Last year, Sidmouth saw a number of cliff falls – with three occurring in just 24-hours.
Photograph shows the cliff arches before the collapse (Image: Ben Griggs)
Following the research by Plymouth University, East Devon District Council’s strategic planning committee recommended that Cabinet consider the wider implications of this study beyond the setting of planning policy at their earliest opportunity, but with a note of caution that further work may need to be carried out to provide a fully informed paper.
Cllr Geoff Jung, portfolio holder for Coast, Country and Environment, said: “This is clearly an important piece of work to inform future planning policy and it is very much distinct from work that we are doing on coastal protection measures.
“We’re making great progress in developing beach management plans and coastal protection works. These will be designed to slow the rate of erosion in Seaton and Sidmouth and hopefully prevent the worst case scenarios identified in this study from occurring.”
The beach management scheme for the town, consists of adding a new rock groyne on East Beach, importing new shingle onto Sidmouth Beach, and East Beach, and raising the existing splash wall along the rear of the promenade.
It aims to maintain the 1990’s Sidmouth Coastal Defence Scheme Standard of Service and reduce the rate of beach and cliff erosion to the east of the River Sid, the scheme is now fully funded and is estimated to cost £8.7m – subject to the Environment Agency approving the submission of the council’s Outline Business Case.