The ArgusNational Trust to keep close eye on Birling Gap after large clifftop falls (From The Argus)

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National Trust to keep close eye on Birling Gap after large clifftop falls

The Argus: Peter Hibb's graphic showing how the cliff edge has changed since the beginning of the year Peter Hibb's graphic showing how the cliff edge has changed since the beginning of the year

The National Trust says it is monitoring Birling Gap closely after an estimated three metres of clifftop was lost to the sea during this year's storms.

Yesterday, .The Argus published Peter Hibb's shocking graphics which highlighted the “unprecedented” speed of erosion at Birling Gap near Eastbourne.

The pictures show how, in a matter of weeks, the cliff-face has drastically changed shape.

A spokesman for the National Trust said the erosion is already more than the average metre a year. But the trust’s buildings near the cliff’s edge are specially designed to be dismantled quickly.

He added: “What we have to remember is that these cliffs are iconic for being white and this wouldn’t be the case if they weren’t constantly crumbling away.”

With more bad weather on the way the spokesman said the dramatic erosion could continue and said the area will be closely monitored.

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9:57am Wed 12 Feb 14

The Prophet of Doom says...

How about getting convicted criminals to monitor the cliff erosion from close-range? If they fall into the sea it won't matter.
How about getting convicted criminals to monitor the cliff erosion from close-range? If they fall into the sea it won't matter. The Prophet of Doom
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3:25pm Wed 12 Feb 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Why doesn't the NT put up a fence to stop suicides? Don't they care about people?
Why doesn't the NT put up a fence to stop suicides? Don't they care about people? getThisCoalitionOut
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4:59pm Wed 12 Feb 14

RottingdeanRant says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
Why doesn't the NT put up a fence to stop suicides? Don't they care about people?
Because people climb fences!
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: Why doesn't the NT put up a fence to stop suicides? Don't they care about people?[/p][/quote]Because people climb fences! RottingdeanRant
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