Chunk of Exmouth cliff ‘on brink of collapse’

A huge chunk of cliff near Orcombe Point appears to be on the brink of collapsing into the sea.

Chloe Parkman www.devonlive.com

The rock located between Orcombe Point in Exmouth and Devon Cliffs Holiday Park can be seen balancing 180 feet high at the coastal spot.

It comes just two weeks after there was an enormous cliff collapse in Exmouth which saw massive rocks crashing onto the popular beach.

A spokesperson for East Devon District Council (EDDC) said: ”Cliff falls are a natural and unpredictable occurrence along the East Devon coast, this is because the rock from which the cliffs are formed is soft and therefore prone to rock falls and landslides, which can happen at any time, although heavy rainfall can trigger incidences.”

Last week, Devon Live reported on all of the properties in Devon most at risk of toppling into the sea.

Following the recent landslide in Exmouth, a spokesperson for National Trust said: ”Orcombe Point is cared for by the National Trust.

”Cliff falls are a regular occurrence around the SW coast and there’s nothing we can do to prevent this.

The chunks appear to be on the brink of collapse

”Following heavy rainfall an increase in cliff falls are also quite likely.

”In this area, as with any of our outdoor sites and particularly coastal sites, we strongly encourage our visitors to heed any information signs, keep to the designated paths and not to gather at the foot of cliffs.”

Less than a year ago, Devon Live reported that three cliffs collapsed in Sidmouth within just 24-hours of one another.

With regards to the ‘suspended’ chunks of the cliff face near Orcombe Point, a spokesperson for EDDC said: “The land in question belongs to the National Trust.

”Should anyone want to report hazards on this land, they can call their local ranger team on 01297 680507.

“In terms of reporting cliff falls if there is an immediate risk to life people should call 999 and ask for the coastguard.”