White Rock cliff fall FAQs
Below are a list of general questions and answers about the recent rock fall at White Rock.
A1. A large rock fell onto the flat roof of a ground floor shop ('Scope') and a larger rock came through the rear wall of the first floor of no. 22 White Rock.
A2. Thursday 13 December 2018.
A3. The council provided alternative temporary accommodation for the residents evacuated by East Sussex Fire and Rescue who attended the scene along with officers from the council.
The next day, on Friday 14 December, letters were delivered to 35 properties on the street in the immediate area of the rock fall.
Members of the public were strongly advised to stay away from the cliff top area which was checked by council officers to ensure the signage was clear.
Council officers found alternative temporary accommodation for those directly affected.
A4. The council is:
- continuing to provide support to those directly affected and will house those whom we have a responsibility to
- trying to commission a drone survey of the cliff face in the interests of public safety. The results of any survey will be shared directly with the relevant property owners and tenants.
- working with businesses affected to ensure that they understand their legal responsibilities and getting in contact with the owners of the properties affected.
A5. You need to liaise with the owner of your property to assess the risk of potential rock fall affecting the rear of your property. You need to decide whether or not it is safe to continue to occupy your property.
If your property has been affected and you are the owner you should tell your insurance company right away who will likely assist you to get specialist advice from a relevant suitably qualified professional.
A6. You should notify your landlord or their managing agent of the letter. It is for them to assess the risk of potential rock fall affecting the rear of the property you live in. They need to decide whether or not it is safe for you to continue to occupy their property, or whether they need to offer you alternative accommodation.
A7. Ensure your tenants are aware of the situation and any potential risk to them. You should tell your insurance company right away who will likely assist you to get specialist advice from a relevant suitably qualified professional to determine whether it is safe for your tenant(s) to remain at the property.
A8. If you are a tenant and you are worried about the safety of your home you should bring them to the attention of your landlord. If they do not address your worries to your satisfaction you should call the Housing Renewal Team on 01424 451100.
If you own the property you may consider staying with friends or relatives or making other arrangements for the short term whilst you contact a relevant suitably qualified professional.
A9. No. However, if your home is directly affected by the rock fall or if it is at imminent risk we may seek to find you alternative temporary accommodation.
A10. We believe the owners of the properties affected are responsible.
A11. The cliff is not owned by the Council. We do not believe we are responsible for the cliff face. We believe it is the responsibility of the land and property owners backing onto the cliff.
A12. No, these circumstances do not entitle you to cease paying council tax.
Cliff fall at White Rock