Sidmouth Saturday: massive cliff fall rumbles along coast

Sidmouth has seen another cliff fall this morning. The eroding cliff was crashed onto the beach below at around 9:30am in front of sun-worshippers on the seafront.

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Lili Stebbings www.devonlive.com 

An eyewitness said: “[I heard] a low rumble and then the fall followed by a good 10 mins of dust cloud. Fingers crossed no one was on the beach.”

It comes just days after emergency services were called to the same spot as pictures showing clouds of dust and rubble emerged from the scene as the cliffs broke away. Coastguards and Police were called to the scene as people were being told to stay away.

Rural East Devon Police tweeted at the time: “Another large cliff fall this morning. Reminder to beach users not to walk on the beach East of #Sidmouth due to unstable cliffs which could fall at any time.”

One eyewitness, Lynda, told Devon Live that there were a number of cliff falls in the area before the ‘large’ one took place on the morning of August 8. She said: “There were about five or six cliff falls leading up to the large on this morning in Sidmouth.”

Sidmouth sees another cliff fall

Sidmouth sees another cliff fall (Image: Caroline Montgomery)

It comes after it was announced that it would cost £19million to save Sidmouth’s crumbling coastline. Vital sea defences to save Sidmouth’s crumbling coastline and protect the Esplanade has now gone up by £5million increasing the estimated cost to a total of £19million.

Last October, East Devon District Council (EDDC) and the Sidmouth and East Beach Beach Management Plan Project Advisory Group approved a new and improved £14 million outline proposal.

It is now proposing to proceed to the next stage, with plans to secure the extra funding from government or by bridging the shortfall if required. The aim is to start work on the scheme in spring 2025, giving Sidmouth seafront and East Beach the coastal defences it needs.

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