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Should Birling Gap be Saved ?

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Should Birling Gap be Saved ? Birling Gap Birling Gap is four kilometres west of Beachy Head, near Eastbourne, East Sussex. This part of coastline is of national Geological interest. A row of cottages on the cliff edge, some owned by the national trust and some privately owned, in the being undermined by erosion of the soft chalk cliff by the sea. A local group, Birling Gap cliff protection association proposed to put a rock revetment at the base of the cliff as a protective measure. How ever this plan was opposed by the both English nature and the national trust on the grounds that it was environmentally damaging as well as impractical. Birling gap affects the job opportunities because it is a nice historical and also a holiday site there are some hotels and cafes to provide peoples with job opportunities. ...read more.


The effects on the people are that if any form of revetment was built for the protection of the cliff that the cottages and the houses near by the cliff won't be lost after few years time during to the continuing erosion of the cliff. The campaign started at 1992 but if u look at the Birling gap history it shows how it all started. 1878; The Admiralty builds eight Coastguard cottages at Birling Gap using a revolutionary new material called 'no fines' concrete. 1898; A small hotel is opened at Birling Gap. Seven other residential properties were built in the early 1920's 1951; the cottages pass into private ownership but coastguards continue to man a station, sometimes risking their lives in sea and cliff-top rescues. ...read more.


1996; Birling Gap Cliff Protection Association formed. 1998; Environmental study reports revetment would cause minimal damage to the area. Legal opinion establishes National Trusts responsibility to safeguard its neighbour's properties. 1999; nearly 50,000 signatures gathered to date from the public in support of a rock revetment scheme. During these times some forms of small defenses have been built but they will not be likely to last longer. But even though most of the people were campaigning to save Birling gap, there are some other people campaigning against saving Birling gap because like the English nature some people are saying that we should not get in the natures way we should let nature take its course. In my opinion I think that Birling gap should not be saved because I think like the English nature that we shouldn't get in the natures way. ...read more.

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