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Landslip was caused by weather

The Argus: Landslip was caused by weather Landslip was caused by weather

A LANDSLIP at a beauty spot was caused by very wet weath-er and not the construction of a new building in a nearby caravan park, according to an independent report.

Ecclesbourne Glen in Hastings Country Park suffered a large landslip in February following a sustained bout of wet weather forcing the closure of the site.

In response Hastings Borough Council commissioned a geo-technical report which has now been published. The re-port reveals that land move-ments had been detected al-most a year before the major landslip following heavy rains in November and the summer of 2012. While the report concludes that to determine at this point the definite cause of the slide, very high, near-surface groundwater levels were considered “most likely” to have caused the slide.

The report said that suggestions a new building in the Rocklands Caravan Park was the cause were “highly unlikely” as it was 70 metres away from the landslide.

The report recommends that the footpath near to the site should remain closed for the “foreseeable future” and that caravans on the lowest terrace of the caravan park should be removed immediately.

The authors said any long-term stabilising measures would be “cost-prohibitive” and thought should be given to relocating the footpaths and reviewing the layout of the caravan park.

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1:16pm Fri 6 Jun 14

martinallen72 says...

This article is very one-sided and lacking in many facts. I do wish journalists would do their impartial research first!

For readers who are interested in reading the report in full and the response by campaigners highlighting many of the issues not covered in this report, including the apparent inaction of the Borough Council's planning department over many years when it comes to Rocklands Caravan Holiday Park, please visit the blog below that deals with this particular issue, as well as the creation of a large monstrous building in an area of outstanding natural beauty
http://ecclesbourneg
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This article is very one-sided and lacking in many facts. I do wish journalists would do their impartial research first! For readers who are interested in reading the report in full and the response by campaigners highlighting many of the issues not covered in this report, including the apparent inaction of the Borough Council's planning department over many years when it comes to Rocklands Caravan Holiday Park, please visit the blog below that deals with this particular issue, as well as the creation of a large monstrous building in an area of outstanding natural beauty http://ecclesbourneg len.blogspot.co.uk/2 014/06/its-not-only- what-you-say-but-way -that.html martinallen72
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1:25pm Fri 6 Jun 14

martinallen72 says...

I would add, no one has contended that the new build caused the landslip.
That part of the article is wholly misleading.

The landslip concerns relate to the removal of trees against planning regulations, apparent illegal siting of caravans in an amenity area, construction of roads against planning regulations and apparent lack of suitable drainage on hard standing areas leading to unsuitable run off. There are many facts about the loss of Ecclesbourne Glen still to be confirmed, not least the inaction of Hastings Borough Council to control the lease of the land to Rocklands.

The building of a WW2 gun garrison lookalike is another matter altogether.
I would add, no one has contended that the new build caused the landslip. That part of the article is wholly misleading. The landslip concerns relate to the removal of trees against planning regulations, apparent illegal siting of caravans in an amenity area, construction of roads against planning regulations and apparent lack of suitable drainage on hard standing areas leading to unsuitable run off. There are many facts about the loss of Ecclesbourne Glen still to be confirmed, not least the inaction of Hastings Borough Council to control the lease of the land to Rocklands. The building of a WW2 gun garrison lookalike is another matter altogether. martinallen72
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