Demolition work due to start on Birling Gap cottage

Birling Gap
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Demolition work is due to start on the cottage closest to the edge of the cliffs at Birling Gap today (Wednesday March 19).

The work is being carried out by Best Demolition after the cottage was left precariously close to the cliff edge following recent cliff falls since storms battered the country.

It is thought the work will take four weeks to complete

The National Trust said about seven years of erosion had taken place in just two months.

A spokesman for Wealden District Council said: “The work being carried out is a private contract between the property’s owner and the contractors, Best Demolition. Wealden District Council’s involvement is as a bordering landowner in respect of the foreshore.

“Birling Gap steps are remaining closed until the work is carried out to ensure that there can be no issues with falling debris.

“Members of the pubic are reminded, in the interests of their own safety, not to try to walk along the foot of the cliffs to Birling Gap from Cuckmere Haven or Holywell; to stay away from the cliff edges around Birling Gap and to keep dogs on a short lead.”

For the full story pick up your Sussex Express on Friday (March 21).