Crumbling cliff tops! Our crusading local biblio-bloke, Michael Child, has unearthed the April 2005 engineers' report into the state of our East Cliff, and it doesn't make for reassuring reading. Lowlights listed under 'Summary of Defects' include:
Displacement and failed concrete in concrete barrier
Exposed, rusting reinforcement
Large void behind one of the arches
Horizontal displacement of wall face
The report continues:
There is evidence that the facade's original purpose is to minimise the weathering effect on the chalk cliff face (and this) has not been entirely successful due to lack of maintenance and due to penetration of rainwater giving rise to particle migration.
If my cliff top mansion plummets beachwards I'll have to change the old moniker by deed poll. Somehow, though, Beach Bungalow Bill doesn't quite have the same ring.
More pics of 1947 West Cliff collapse.
Engineers' report on the crumbling East Cliff.