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Threat of cliff collapsing closes coast path at Talland Bay

By cg_ailsam  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

  • Unstable cliff path at Talland Bay closed following warnings it could collapse at any time

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An unstable cliff path at Talland Bay has been closed following warnings it could collapse at any time.

Cornwall Council closed a section of the cliff yesterday on the South West Coast Path where large tension cracks have appeared to the west of Talland Bay.

A CORMAC soils engineer visited the site yesterday and has confirmed that a cliff slip is potentially imminent.

Carol Taylor, who lives a quarter of a mile away from the closed site said: “We contacted the council at the weekend because when we were walking the dogs we noticed some cracks in the cliff top a few weeks ago but they have got much worse in the last week.

“Last year we had issues when one part of the path was closed but was re-opened when it was safe again.

“We regularly walk along that area.

“It’s nature taking its course, land moves around when it gets saturated.”

The path closure is between Talland Bay and Hendersick, mid-way between Polperro and Looe.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall councillor for West Looe and Portfolio Holder for Environment, Heritage and Planning said: “I fear that with more heavy rain forecast and with the land already saturated that there may be further landslips.

“It hasn’t fallen yet but they think it’s imminent- it has the potential for the cliff to fall and the road to clear.

“It has always shown signs of instability- it is a tarmacked road that’s part of the South West Coast Path and the cliff below that is unstable that supports the road.

“The engineers said there are large cracks and they could hear it moving.

“People need to be vigilant and we will be monitoring the situation but safety is paramount.”

There are two houses near the unstable cliff that had a track made via Sand Hill after they put forward plans two years ago following concerns about the stability of the road.

Mrs Hannaford said: “We have no information that they are at risk- they planned ahead.”

A diversion around the affected section of coast path is available using the Talland to Polperro road.

There is a detour signposted, so walkers can travel on the South West Coast Path between Looe, Polperro and Polruan.

Following the recent heavy rains, coast path users are reminded to please report any signs of cliff instability to Cornwall Council on 0300 1234 202.

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