East Devon's annual cliff inspections are carried out to ensure public safety as well as to preserve the distinctive character of the cliffs

Rope access specialists Abcas UK will be using hand tools and rope netting when they undertake the council's annual cliff management process.

Depending on whether it’s chucking down with rain (or beautifully sunny), between 19-27 February you may see guys in hi vis kit dangling from ropes on our cliffs at Seaton, Beer, Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton.

Fear not, these are expert peeps from rope access specialists Abcas UK, who are tackling our annual cliff inspections – all under the watchful eye of engineering geologists from John Grimes Partnership.

The purpose of these cliff inspections is to ensure the safety of you the public when using facilities beneath the cliffs, such as walkways and beach huts. To do this, Abcas will be removing loose debris from the cliffs using hand tools and will have rock netting in place to catch any falling material. 

The inspections also aim to ensure that the distinctive character of each section of cliff is maintained in way that is sympathetic to the internationally-significant features present at each location, such as the fossilised animal burrows at Budleigh Salterton. This section of cliff has been awarded Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) status. 

Here are the dates for the scheduled works:

 • Seaton West Walk - 19 to 20 February

• Beer East Cliffs - 21 to 23 February

• Sidmouth Connaught Gardens - 26 February. Please be aware that in order to ensure public safety during the inspections, the walkway below Connaught Gardens will be closed for the duration of the works and walking diversions will be put in place, while rolling cordons will be set up at the remaining sites to allow for continued access.

• Budleigh Salterton Promenade - 27 February


Dave Turner, East Devon's Engineering Projects Manager says East Devon’s coastline attracts thousands of visitors to the district every year and the beaches and walkways adjacent to the cliffs are used by many people to enjoy these beautiful locations. The district’s beaches and coastline are also a much-loved area enjoyed by residents, so ensuring the safety of people visiting those areas is hugely important to the local economy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Councillor Tom Wright, who is our portfolio holder for the Environment, really appreciates your cooperation and understanding during these essential works, which are part of East Devon's ongoing programme of inspection and maintenance. He says:

Ultimately, the works are being carried out to ensure the safety of people using our stunning beaches. 

If you are interested, you can check out the interactive map on the East Devon website showing the council’s cliff ownership