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Landslide warning to Torquay's Oddicombe beach walkers

By Herald Express  |  Posted: January 10, 2013

clifftop:   A property on the clifftop above Oddicombe beach   Andy Styles TQAS20130108B-005_C

clifftop: A property on the clifftop above Oddicombe beach Andy Styles TQAS20130108B-005_C

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BEACH walkers are being told to stay away from unstable cliffs at Torquay's Oddicombe beach.

Geologists have warned a landslide is imminent, said Torbay Council.

The beach cliffs at Oddicombe are one of many areas affected by landslides during the second wettest year on record.

In December, 275mm (10.8ins) of rain — more than double the average — fell in Torbay.

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Meanwhile, residents of Perinville Road, Torquay, say their communal grass area is becoming a 'mud bath' since their road was closed on Christmas Eve when a 6ft void opened up in the asphalt above a collapsed sewer.

Since then, drivers have been manoeuvring around the cordoned off area, on to the grass to continue on their way.

"It's been a nightmare," said Peggy Sewell, who has lived in Perinville Road for 40 years.

"I've called the council twice but don't seem to get any answers about when the problem will be fixed.

"We all pay to get the grass area looked after and now it's full of muddy tyre tracks."

A council spokesman said: "We understand residents' concerns and are actively working to resolve the issue.

"The council was notified about the problem on December 24 and inspected the collapse on the same day. We have also been liaising with South West Water since to ensure any apparatus maintained by the water authority is also examined."

She said a council officer conducted another inspection onJanuary 3 and updates from South West Water are awaited.

She said: "We strongly advise residents to follow the safety diversions that are in place and an update will be provided in due course." Across the Bay, part of the prom has been closed off for safety reasons in Goodrington.

Access has been maintained along the rock walk at Roundham Head. A geotechnical survey will be carried to establish what remedial works are required.

Meanwhile, the homeowner who lost part of his garden in a landslip back in November is still awaiting a verdict from his insurance company. Julian Herring was told his clifftop property in St Lukes Road North, Torquay, may need to be demolished after being undermined when tonnes of earth fell more than 12 metres into the garden below.

Mr Herring said: "We are hoping to speak to the insurers this week to find out more."

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  • Freespirit  |  January 15 2013, 5:46PM

    Goodrinton, Babbacombe,roundham! where next. Torbay council spent £7k on a palm tree but they cannot look after our cliff walks and beachs.This is a tourist area. What a wonderful sight to behold for the holidaymakers....railings closing walks and beachs. Don't even get me started on dog poo!!!

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