Cliffs at Seaton and Beer to be checked for safety

PUBLISHED: 07:01 08 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:18 19 February 2018

Cliffs at Seaton and Beer are to be checked for safety. Picture: SUBMITTED

Cliffs at Seaton and Beer are to be checked for safety. Picture: SUBMITTED

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Annual inspection is designed to safeguard the public walking along the seafront and using beach huts

Safety checks on the cliffs at Seaton and Beer will begin next week.

The annual inspections aim to ensure the continued safety of the public using facilities situated beneath the cliffs, such as walkways, beach huts and other assets.

East Devon District Council is set to undertake the work between February 19 and 27.

Rope access specialists Abcas UK will be tackling the inspections, which will be supervised by engineering geologists from John Grimes Partnership.

Loose debris on the cliffs will be removed either by using hand tools or will be managed through engineering interventions, such as rock netting to catch any falling material. The netting will also allow for long term planning of the management of these cliffs.

The inspections also aim to ensure that the distinctive character of each section of cliff is maintained in way that is sympathetic to the internationally-significant features present at each location, such as fossilised animal burrows.

A spokesperson for EDDC said: “East Devon’s coastline attracts thousands of visitors to the district every year and the beaches and walkways adjacent to the cliffs are used by many people to enjoy these beautiful locations.

“The district’s beaches and coastline are also a much-loved area enjoyed by residents, so ensuring the safety of people visiting those areas is hugely important to the local economy.” The council’s inspection schedule of the cliffs is as follows:

• Seaton West Walk: February 19 to 20.

• Beer East Cliffs: February 21 to 23.

Other inspections will take place at Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth Connaught Gardens in the coming days.

Explaining the need for the annual cliff inspections Councillor Tom Wright, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for the Environment, said: “We really appreciate the public’s cooperation during these essential works, which are part of East Devon’s ongoing programme of inspection and maintenance.

“Ultimately, the works are being carried out to ensure the safety of people using our stunning beaches.”

There is an interactive map on the East Devon District Council’s website which shows the council’s cliff ownership. People can view it at the following location:

http://eastdevon.gov.uk/seaside/our-coastal-cliffs/

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