Bibliography of the Geology of Barton, Highcliffe and Hordle Cliff: Geology of the Wessex Coast of southern England. One day pdf david nicholls of Natural and Environmental Science, Southampton University, Version: 11th March, 2018.
Thus some papers listed here do not refer directly to the Barton area, but may be used for comparison or other purposes. There are a few papers on the adjacent coast of Mudeford and Hengistbury Head, but this area is not covered thoroughly in the present bibliography. Pleistocene evolution of the Solent River of southern England. Nearly a quarter of a mile of the coastal path at Barton-on-Sea has been closed by the council to protect the public.
Exceptionally heavy rainfall in the last few months had created further cliff movement in an area which was already notorious for the speed with which it was eroding, said New Forest District Council. The closures affect the upper and lower tracks between the Sea Road access and Hoskins Gap to the east, a distance of approximately 400m. The rain gauge at Naish Holiday Village recorded 84mm of rain in October, 147mm in November and 118mm in December. Evidence of further cliff movement I at Barton had been detected last week and existing tension cracks had widened at the bottom of the Sea Road access. Mudslides had also covered the lower access tracks with soft clay and mud.
It is vital that people obey the notices and do not take any unnecessary risks,” said Coun. Michael I Thierry, New Forest District Council’s portfolio holder for environment. We have put up the fences for the time being in order to protect mem- I bers of the public from a very real threat to their safety. There are many people who visit Barton cliffs who are not familiar with the territory and do not have local knowledge. Clifftop land purchase order to be enforced. Christchurch Council has voted to go ahead with a compulsory purchase order on clifftop land at Highcliffe so urgent coast protection work can be undertaken. The order was urged on the council’s works committee following the breakdown of talks with landowners to buy some 650 yards of the clifftop from Highcliffe Castle to Culmore Steps.
False earthquake alert sparked by Barton cliff crack. 3919, Saturday, May 5th, 2007, page 1 and continued on page 3. A mountain out of a molehill” was how a geological expert described the response of authorities to fears that a long-standing crack in the cliffs at Barton was linked to the Kent earthquake . The police soon arrived in four marked cars accompanied by an ambulance and paramedics.
They cordoned off part of the road and access to beach huts until it was found that there was nothing amiss. Later in the morning they removed road restrictions and allowed access to the huts. Inspections later carried out on the site by several groups of experts confirmed that the cliff crack had not suddenly emerged at the weekend and also quashed rumours of any possible link to the Kent earthquake. Tuesday said a “mountain had been made out of a molehill”. T’: “We have no major concerns, it appears as though the crack has been there for quite some time and has only just been noticed. We found small pieces of what looked like recent debris at the bottom of the clif face, but the debris was not in a close proxitnity to the fissure. From what we can examine it is pretty certain this incident cannot be linked to the Kent earthquake at all, and a mountain has been made out of a molehill.
All the time pieces are falling from the cliff and already there are plenty of cracks on the cliff face. We have no major concerns, this is nothing to cause major alarm. Another expert, Steve Cook of NFDC’s coastal protection team, said the issue had been “blown out of proportion”. He added that there will not be any urgent action to stabilise the cliff and that along-term study of the whole local coastal area was investigating potential future management plan schemes. Professor Andrew Bradbury, NFDC coastal projects manager, added: “It is obvious to the trained eye that the ground movements are not recent. For example, grass has grown across the cracks, the cracks are generally filled with dry compacted soil and the colouring of the cracks is heavily weathered. He added: “Ground movements are a common feature on coastal cliffs all around the country and are , part of a natural evolutionary process.
Locals who regularly visit the honeypot site said they understood why the beach huts were shut-off, . TV, radio and alarmist press reports, caused undue panic. One resident commented: “These cracks have been around for years. I have walked along the cliffs regularly for a long time now and there are small amendments in the cliff face every now and then but there has never been any alarm or panic over those”. Another, who also wished to be unnamed, said: ”We have seen similar faults in the cliff-face for a long time, and the initial over-zealous policing to in shutting off the road meant people thought the situation was much worse than it actually was. Additionally, some of the national papers reported landslides, risks, controlled explosions, tsunamis and, earthquakes which made people think the worst, but in reality it seemed a lot different to locals who know the coastline well.
A spokeswoman for Hampshire police said that officers who put the cordon up at the huts and on the road were acting on the advice of the Coastguard Agency and the local council, adding: ”The measures were used as a matter of public safety, which was a priority as the potential seeping of the cliff face meant fencing was put up which prevented members of the public from going near the edge. As regards to the road, it was sealed off by officers and the coastguard for about 45 metres with the protection of the public in the officers, main interests. When it was established it was safe by experts from NFDC it was reopened. District councillor Fran Carpenter said three clifftop residents had approached her for clarification on the potential damage caused by the crack during an informal discussion in Barton on Monday night. It was added that members of the clifftop association were aware and up to date on the situation. Other residents were reported to be angry with the misleading reports, believing they could detrimentally affect house prices.