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Chunk of cliff collapses in front of holiday homes

Chunk of cliff collapses in front of holiday homes

Published by Emma Carton at 8:12am 22nd November 2019. (Updated at 11:52pm 22nd November 2019)

A huge chunk of the cliff in front of a row of holiday homes in Cornwall has collapsed.

Photos show a section near the coast path having crumbled away in Charlestown.

Part of one of the cottages' gardens was swept onto the beach below.

It follows the recent stormy weather, with more heavy rain set to batter the Duchy this weekend: Read more.

Cliff Collapse in Charlestown
A huge chunk of the cliff has collapsed in the Cornish village of Charlestown. Photo: Sean Clancy


The Harbour Lights property was once a run down toilet before being converted into a stunning £600,000 home by Charlotte Thomson and her partner.

The property developer said she has been liaising with Cornwall Council contractor, Cormac, for the last 12 months.

She added that plans were in place to shore-up that area of the cliffs in the immediate future.

Cliff Collapse in Charlestown
The landslip in Charlestown happened right in front of a row of holiday cottages. Photo: Sean Clancy


In a statement issued on Thursday, Cornwall Council confirmed the safety of the coast path was being inspected by engineers.

Officials are checking whether the path can remain open or will have to be diverted.

Cliff Collapse in Charlestown
Part of the garden of one of the holiday cottages crumbled away above the beach in Charlestown. Photo: Sean Clancy

"The area itself is not Cornwall Council owned, but the South West Coast Path does run on top of the area affected.

"The safety of the path is being inspected today (Thursday) by the soils and materials engineer, so we will know more, and whether the path can remain open or will have to be diverted.  

"We should also know more about the potential future of the path at this location".

Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council has since confirmed that the coast path will remain open at Charlestown, but at a reduced width.

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