East Yorkshire caravan parks facing coastal erosion threat
Caravan parks in Skipsea are particularly under threat
Monday, 28, May 2012 11:07
by Tom Lowenstein
Coastal caravan parks in the East Riding of Yorkshire are getting smaller as the ravages of the sea claims more land each year.
On average, coastal erosion in East Riding takes 2.5m of land each year, but in some places this figure is even higher.
Locals say that they are just waiting for buildings to be swallowed by the ever-encroaching cliff face as it creeps closer and closer, the Bridlington Free Press reported.
The coastal stretch along the east coast is home to numerous popular caravan parks, including Skipsea Sands Holiday Park and Seaside Caravan Park Ulrome, but the battering high tides are removing more of the nearby cliff face each year.
Speaking to the newspaper, Skipsea Parish Council chairman Jerry Loft said: "The erosion has been getting worse over the past five or six years and now we're getting huge cracks appearing on a weekly basis.
"I would think that if they put groins back in it might take a bit of the force out of the sea, but as it is we're losing great swathes of land."
East Yorkshire isn't the only part of the UK facing this problem - last year, 13 caravans at the Porthkerry Leisure Park on the Welsh coast had a narrow escape when a landslide left them perched on the edge of the cliff.