Ecclesbourne Glen – footpath to be reopened

One of the footpaths in Ecclesbourne Glen that has been shut since 2013 will be reopened next month.

Campaign group Save Ecclesbourne Glen (SEG) said this morning that after an inspection in July by Hastings Borough Council’s (HBC) Geotechnical consultants it has been announced that the path that runs across the landslip below Rocklands will reopen. Monitoring of the footpath will continue.

Footpaths in the Glen have been closed since 2013 following a landslip which originated in Rocklands Caravan Park. Footpath 379a which runs across the landslip below Rocklands will be reopened in November.

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Footpath 379a will reopen next month.

East Sussex County Council has told SEG that a recent Coffey inspection report says “the movement of the landslip has been suspended”.

“This is good news,” said a spokesman for SEG.

He goes on to say: “Despite no remedial works having  been carried out, contrary to the recommendations of HBC geotechnical Consultants, the landslip appears to have stabilised at this location.

“The barriers currently blocking access to footpath 379a on the East Hill will need to be removed or relocated and the footpath cleared of overgrown vegetation.

“Unfortunately the Saxon Way coastal footpath will remain closed for a further six months as will the lower footpath that joins the caves (364a and 417). This means that there will be a long inland diversion to the Natural England  Coastal Path.

“Should it be necessary these closures will then be extended for a further 18 months by the Secretary of State.”

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