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YouTube videos highlight erosion fears in Eastchurch, Sheppey

An Eastchurch man has started an online campaign to highlight cliff erosion near his home.

Using a collage of video and photo footage, Peter Bruce’s YouTube site outlines the gradual disappearance of land near his Surf Crescent property.

The retired technical manager said he had sent the film to council and government officers hoping it will inspire action.

Outline of erosion at Eastchurch cliffs by resident, Peter Bruce
Outline of erosion at Eastchurch cliffs by resident, Peter Bruce

He said: “We need to get people’s attention for them to do something about it.

“We’ve got to try and get things moving, and in less than 24 hours of it going online, the video had 196 views.”

Mr Bruce said a main sewer and service pipes are in immediate danger of going over the cliffs.

“This action will not only affect residents in Third Avenue and Surf Crescent, but will effectively remove waste services from two large caravan parks – they could close,” he said.

Another frontline concern, he said, was breakwater at the foot of the cliffs being washed away and the remnants being stolen.

Mr Bruce, who has also set up a “blogspot” to keep the public abreast of the campaign, said police were informed of the latest theft.

MP Gordon Henderson
MP Gordon Henderson

“People have no right to steal them, they’re there for our own protection,” he said.

The Environment Agency has classified the cliffs “non-intervention” due to costs involved, as has Swale council.

However, MP Gordon Henderson has answered residents’ call for help.

He said he had written to the agency asking for a review of its policy.

On the issue of recompense, he added: “There’s compensation available to demolish homes under threat.

“That figure currently stands at £6,000, so I’ve asked if that can be brought into line with current property prices.”

Southern Water confirmed it had surveyed sewers in the area for effects caused by erosion.

A spokesman said: “So far, we have no reason to believe they have been damaged but our investigations are ongoing.”

To view the blogspot, visit eastchurchgap.blogspot.co.uk

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