‘Defective pipe’ could have caused Exmouth beach sinkhole

PUBLISHED: 17:41 04 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:17 05 July 2017

P8485-10-10AW Holiday Guide 2010 pics, Exmouth promenade. Pic by Alex Walton

P8485-10-10AW Holiday Guide 2010 pics, Exmouth promenade. Pic by Alex Walton


A sinkhole which has appeared on Exmouth beach could have been cause by a defective pipe, the district council has claimed.

The hole is believed to have appeared on the sea front near Carlton Hill Slipway on Monday.

An area of the beach will continue to be cordoned off while investigations take place.

East Devon District Council, which is responsible for the beach, said the cordon should not deter people from enjoying the sea front.

An EDDC spokesman said: “We believe that the small sinkhole on Exmouth beach near Carlton Hill Slipway has been caused by a defective pipe beneath the beach.

“A CCTV survey has been undertaken to establish the condition of the pipe and will help us determine what works are likely to be required to effect a repair.

“In the meantime, the area will remain cordoned off with Heras panels and a ply board will be placed over the sinkhole. Investigations into the ownership of the pipe are ongoing.”

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