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Be Cliff Aware

News : 24 May 2018

Wealden District Council is supporting the new Cliff Safety Awareness Campaign which is being organised by the East Sussex Chalk Cliffs Safety Awareness Group.

Cliff Safety poster

It is aimed at visitors to the Seven Sisters and other cliff tops along the East Sussex Coast who may not be aware of the perilous nature of the cliff edges and the real dangers posed by standing too close to the edge.

The Group, which consists of local authorities along the coast, the South Downs National Park, the National Trust, Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, is promoting campaign #BeCliffAware through posters and social media messages as well information aimed at language schools, coach parties and tourist information centres.

Visitors to the Sussex chalk cliffs are strongly advised to:

  • stay safe
  • take full notice of warning signs
  • exercise common sense and keep a safe distance from the cliff edge,
  • keep away from the cliff face when on the beach beneath at all times.

If you see anyone in danger or witness someone who has fallen dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard and not to attempt to rescue them.

Visitors are reminded that at many locations there are overhangs or faults in the cliffs that cannot be seen from the cliff tops, and to keep a safe distance from the base of the cliff when on the beach. Cliff falls can occur at any time of year.

It is also important when visiting the Sussex Coast to be aware of tide times. The sea comes in and out twice a day and it is possible to get cut off by the incoming tide or forced up against the cliffs.

And is always a good idea to check the weather forecast before you go.