Recent cliff fall threatens Birling Gap cottages

Birling Gap
Birling Gap

The cottages at Birling Gap are teetering on the edge of the cliffs following another rock fall at the weekend.

Photographs taken by Sussex Express photographer Peter Cripps show the scale of erosion at the cliff top and how the rock has been eaten away up to the side end of the cottage closest to the edge.

Birling Gap feb 2013 SUS-140303-165320001

Birling Gap feb 2013 SUS-140303-165320001

Wealden District Council have advised the owner of the cottage closest to the edge of the cliff to demolish the building.

Last week a crack opened up on the grass area of the cliffs and the Birling Gap steps have been closed to the public since New Years day after storms and powerful waves smashed the lower part of the steps.

Jane Cecil from the National Trust said seven years worth of erosion had taken place in about two months.

The National Trust said usually about 75cm of cliff erodes each year.

The sun lounge and ice cream parlour have already been taken down from the site.

A boat house was also taken down.

For the full story see the Sussex Express on Friday (March 7).