Devon holiday homes lose gardens to coastal landslides
Devon holiday homes lose gardens to coastal landslidesLandslides have removed large chunks of garden from two four-bedroomed homes thought to be worth around £400,000 each.
Locals in South Milton close to Kingsbridge, Devon have said that it was simply down to luck that no one was killed as the coastal path fell into the sea and coastal erosion took its toll. Following the fall, officials have now fenced off the area affected and re-routed the coastal path.
Speaking about the properties affected, local pub landlord Ian Pedrick told The Daily Telegraph: "A massive part of the cliff just came away and both those houses are now getting really close to the edge.”
Mr. Pedrick also told the paper: ''They've only got small gardens and there's now just a few metres between the sea and them."
The cliff path, itself set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is owned and maintained by the National Trust.
A spokesman for the trust said: ''We have to face up to the fact that the tide cannot be held back forever.
''Sea level rise and climate change are forecasted to increase the scale and pace of coastal change.”
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