Vale of Glamorgan council in Wales has said that it will continue its investigation into how a landslip at a caravan park left 15 caravans hanging on to the edge of a cliff. The owners of the Porthkerry Leisure Park, which is near Barry, Vale of Glamorgan have said they will relocate the caravans to a safer location. No one was injured when a large part of the cliff fell into the ocean. The council has said it is continuing to assess risks of erosion at the site and will inform the owners of any work they need to carry out.
The landslip is estimated to have been about 10ft wide and 200 yards long. The fifteen caravans were around 10ft from the edge of the cliff, before the landslide that has now left many either right next to, or actually hanging over the edge of the cliff. Welsh Assembly member, Jane Hutt, who represents the area, visited the caravan site to see the situation for herself. She said that she was relieved no one had been injured in the land fall and complimented members of the park for their community spirit in working together to remove the caravans from the cliff edge.
Coastal erosion has long been a problem along the coast of the area. A spokesman for the council said that while the council had responsibility for monitoring the coastline in the area, it was individual property owners’ responsibility to protect their private land, not Vale of Glamorgan Council. Alun Cairns, the local MP said he would be contacting the Environment Agency, local council and individual property owners to find out what remedial work would have to be done to safeguard the public who use the beach from danger. There are concerns that if something like this happens in the future, there may be injuries.