Saturday, January 19, 2008

Fence Of A Thousand Days

As you can see from my counter-uppy thingo opposite, the 'temporary' Heras fencing along our crumbling East Cliff has now been in place for 1000 days. But did you know that when it was first erected:

- Shoes were a novelty, having just been introduced to England by Sir Walter Raleigh
- Only three years earlier the first steam engine was invented by George IV
- Tea was the principle currency of Belgium

Work has now started on repairing the cliff, although rumour has it that this might take nine months to complete. Meanwhile there has been a suggestion from regular contributor Millicent that we all go down there and hold a candlelight vigil. Picture that - a thousand candles perched on the cliff edge! No, on second thoughts perhaps not. Their weight might just tip the balance


Michael Child said...

Richard I had a chat with the chaps supervising the work and a couple of serious issues came to light.

First they say that they haven’t been consulted about how close the new building can be to the cliff, both in terms of future maintenance requirements and safety.

Second the new railings will not be to conservation standards in period style like the new street lamps but the same style as those used at the bottom of the cliff, modern alloy.

Millicent said...

You must have an old postcard somewhere Michael showing what the railings used to be like originally? If the railings planned are anything like the awful ones which have gone up in Broadstairs to protect the allotments then we certainly don't want them

Anonymous said...

Balance? What balance?