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Barton-on-Sea

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Court Briefing Paper Barton-on-Sea is on the coast of south-east England. It is part of the town of New Milton, located in Hampshire. Barton-on-Sea can be reached via Lymington Road (the A337), and is located south of this road. There are many reasons why my client's house is at risk. They are all methods (or factors) of erosion or weathering, and are having a very dramatic effect on the cliff face and foot where my client lives. To follow are a number of these physical reasons. The first major factor is the fetch length and the prevailing wind - the fetch is 3000 miles, with a prevailing wind coming form the south-west. The bigger the fetch and the stronger the wind, the greater the amount of energy in the waves, and so consequently erosion at Barton-on-Sea is higher. ...read more.

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A very similar method is attrition - it uses the same principal in that rocks and sand wear away at the cliff rock, however instead of rubbing against the cliff, it's the hitting of the rocks against the cliff. Sub-aerial processes affect the cliff face, as the sea affects the cliff foot. With sub-aerial process, erosion occurs after rain, and weathering by wind action and frost. The erosion leads to soil creep, slumping and landslides. This is known as mass movement. The geology at Barton-on-Sea makes the risk of my client's house falling into the sea very real. The layers in the cliffs are: 1) greensward (grass), 2) gravel, 3) sand, and 4) clay. The gravel and sand are permeable, meaning water soaks through them and trickles down to the clay. ...read more.

Conclusion

These storms, and consequently the heavy rain, saturate the clay faster in the slumping process, but also erode the cliff face. The high force winds and heavy rain are also a factor of the cliff-face erosion. The council should be acting now. If they don't, my client's house will fall as the cliff edge continues to retreat. If my client's house falls (and there's only three metres left until the 'if' becomes a reality), it will be worthless. My client will lose her house, her possessions, her belongings, etc. My client demands you act and implement cliff protection by the cliff where she lives. If not acted on, my client will sue the council. Alternatively, the council can chose to compensate my client, offering her a house of the same value when bought elsewhere with a sum of money due to the inconveniences and the moving costs. ...read more.

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