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Ten-fold rise in landslips on South West Coastal Path

Figures released by the South West Coastal Path Association show that there was a 10 fold increase in landslips on the route this winter compared with previous years.

The association said that there had been 30 reported ground movements on the 1014km route since November last year, compared with 11 incidents reported between 2007 and 2012.

Prolonged rainfall has been blamed for the rise in landslide and the ground movements have led to a number of diversions on the route. A spokesman for the association said that the number of landslides was unprecedented but the challenger was judging when the sites have stabilised sufficiently for diversions to be removed and reinstatement to be undertaken.

Funding for repairs to such route is also an issue after Natural England confirmed that additional funding will not be made available for repairs.

The news regarding the rising number of landslides follows on from a landslide at Oddicombe, near Torquay in Devon which also led to the collapse of a house on the cliff top.

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