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House Left Inches from Disaster After Second Landslide

A cliffside house in Folkestone, Kent, teeters on the edge of destruction after a second landslide within a month along the Kent coastline.

The incident has not only left the property perilously close to the cliff edge but has also completely blocked The Road of Remembrance, impeding all traffic in the area.

Aerial view of garden by winding road.

The latest landslide occurred in the early hours of Saturday, February 27, with debris cascading down the cliffside, exacerbating an already precarious situation. Residents in the vicinity reported the dramatic event, highlighting the magnitude of the slip, which has significantly widened the affected area compared to the initial incident.

Aerial view of landslide near residential area and road.

Authorities, including Kent County Council and Folkestone and Hythe District Council, have been actively involved in assessing the situation and working to ensure public safety since the first landslide on January 27.

However, despite ongoing efforts, the recent slip has heightened concerns about the stability of the area and the safety of nearby residents.

Cliffside road with houses and church in UK town.

Following the initial landslide, council officers faced criticism for cutting down trees in an attempt to mitigate further slips. The move sparked controversy, with residents expressing dismay over the removal of trees, including iconic Yukka trees, which they felt was excessive and unnecessary.

Aerial view of wooded area with road.

In response to the backlash, council representatives defended the actions, stating that the tree removal was necessary to prevent future landslips and erosion along the cliffside.

Aerial view of a landslide on a rural road.

They assured the public that the work was conducted professionally and with the aim of maintaining the structural integrity of the bank while prioritizing public safety.

Aerial view of detached house with garden in UK.

As investigations into the recent landslide continue, authorities urge residents to remain vigilant, especially in light of adverse weather conditions that could exacerbate existing risks. The incident underscores the ongoing challenges faced by coastal communities dealing with the effects of erosion and landslides.

As Kent grapples with rising water levels and adverse weather, residents are reminded to stay informed and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety.

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