Update: Corton promenade closed temporarily after cliff collapse
16:25 03 January 2013
The entire stretch of promenade at Corton has been closed today following a cliff slippage that has led to concerns for public safety.
A pathway, between Tibbenham’s Score and Cliff House, had previously been closed while Waveney District Council assessed the damage – and this afternoon council officials temporarily closed “all of Corton Promenade, running from Bakers Score to Cliff House,” amid fears of a further landslide.
The seafront path – at the bottom of the cliffs adjoining Corton Coastal Village – was blocked off earlier this week by the council, and today a spokesman said: “Recent heavy rain has saturated the cliff face, making it unstable and this has lead to a number of significant cliff slips already, particularly between Tibbenhams Score and Cliff House. Therefore, in the interests of public safety, Waveney District Council is closing the prom and an engineers report is being commissioned to assess the condition of the cliff.”
Meanwhile a project supported by Waveney is already seeking to reduce the likelihood of repeat occurrences.
Given this is not the first time that such an event has happened, and in partnership with local businesses, the Waveney Pathfinder project has already commissioned the delivery of a £350,000 cliff top stabilisation scheme which includes a drainage system to address this issue.
This scheme is already under way to stabilise the clifftop at Corton and works are due to finish in early March. However, the council said it aimed to reopen the footpath as soon as it was safe to do so.
David Ritchie, Waveney’s cabinet member for planning and coastal management, believes that this latest event shows how important it is to work with local communities to seek solutions.
He said: “Slippage is one of the greatest concerns in this area, however there are ways to address this problem and this investment is going some way to giving local businesses confidence to develop and update facilities and see a bright future.
“This is just part of the work that Pathfinder will be supporting in and around Corton to help the community adapt to the effects coastal erosion.”
Corton Coastal Village, which is currently closed, is gearing up to re-open in the next few weeks.
Mike Stephenson, general manager of the park, owned by Warner Leisure Hotels, said the closure would be inconvenient for its guests if the path was still off limits over the peak summer months.