Cottage at cliff edge to be demolished

Preparations have begun to demolish a former coastguard cottage left teetering on the edge of chalk cliffs following erosion

Preparations for cottage demolition

Preparations have begun to demolish a former coastguard cottage teetering on the edge of cliffs in East Sussex following three months of dramatic erosion.

Engineers are warning that other cliff-top properties at Birling Gap face the threat of demolition within ten years. Charlotte Wilkins reports.

Preparations begin to demolish cottage at Birling Gap

Preparations have begun to demolish a former coastguard cottage left teetering on the edge of chalk cliffs following erosion. The end-of-terrace property at the top of Birling Gap, near Eastbourne, EastSussex, is just six inches (15cm) from the end of the cliff.

A five-strong team of demolition men has started four weeks' worth of work to bring down the privately-owned cottage before it is swept away.

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