Thursday, 6 March 2008

From the Herald Express 06 March 2008

CLEARING CLIFF 'WAS RIGHT THING TO DO'
06 March 2008
Clearing Rock Walk of scrub and unsafe trees was the right thing to do, according to a geological expert.The neglect of the past 20 years which has allowed the scrub and trees to grow has probably contributed to the instability of the rock face, said Dr Kevin Page of Plymouth University.It comes as the councillor in charge of the work, Chris Lewis, has defended the decision to clear the rock face.Dr Page, chairman of a group of experts on the internationally recognised geology of Devon and a member of the English Riviera Geopark group, said: "The best way to maintain a rock face is to clear it. If it is covered with vegetation you cannot monitor what is going on underneath."The professor who chairs the Devon Regionally Important Geological Sites Group said that now that the site is cleared, and a risk assessment has been carried out, engineers can design retaining work to enable the gardens to reopen.

This is an expert, you can tell, he never used the expression,"it stands to reason."

It is also, I hope, the last word on the subject of whether or not Rock Walk should or should not have been cleared that will appear in this blog.

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Notes about the blog. Updated 08 March 2008

Not much is happening at Rock Work now. All the work clearing the trees has been done. A barrier has been erected to prevent rock falls from reaching the road. Now we wait for the geological survey in May to see what can be done to fix the rocks in place.
After that when work starts again later in the year I will post more photos.
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