Expert warning on coast landslip risk

SAFETY ALERT: Chris Pamplin at the Charmouth coast

SAFETY ALERT: Chris Pamplin at the Charmouth coast

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CHARMOUTH: A CLIFF fall has sparked another safety warning.

The collapse of another section of cliff face between Evans Cliff and Cain’s Folly at Charmouth last week is another indication of the potential danger posed to locals and holidaymakers and the need for better warning signs, according to a local expert.

Chris Pamplin, a local engineering geologist and fossil walks leader for 17 years, said that the sea and winter storms will continue to erode the cliffs and that future slides could be bigger.

“Some way further up from the recent slip there was a dramatic rock fall on to the east beach but people don’t seem to realise the dangers.

“I haven’t forgotten Charlotte Blackwell and we don’t want something like that to happen here.”

Mr Pamplin added that the problem in properly warning people of the risks of land slips and rock fall could be tackled partly with better signage, but that that too would eventually find itself victim to the sea.

Signage could be looked at and improved and is lacking in some places.

The signs could also be done in several languages.

“The problem is that warning signs could end up being washed away by the sea too,” he said.

The rock fall, which occurred on August 20, saw Lyme Regis coastguard rescue officers sent to investigate while Dorset County Council was informed.

A separate rock fall took place at Charmouth in June and fresh pleas were made by coastguards and experts to stay away from the cliffs.

The news comes as the second anniversary of the death of tragic Charlotte Blackman approaches.

It was after the wet weather in the summer of 2012 that 22-year-old holidaymaker Charlotte Black-man was killed by a 400-tonne rockfall near Burton Bradstock.

At the inquest her father Kevin said the fall happened ‘in the blink of an eye’.

Two days after Miss Blackman died, another ‘sizeable’ landslip also took place 1,000 metres east of Charmouth.

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