A blot on the landscape – what were the beautiful cliffs at Westcliff
August 18, 2013 2 Comments
I had a couple of visitors from Bedfordshire this weekend, and today I showed off my wonderful hometown, for despite my grumbles I am proud of my town of birth. As I oft repeat, this is a town that I love, although I am not blind to its faults. My desire to serve my community comes in part as I wish to see my home made better.
I took them to the end of the world’s longest pier, train out, walk back. It was on this walk back, and using the ever nearing town to show my friends the various landmarks that I became increasingly aware of a nasty scar on my left. It took no time at all to identify the repaired cliffs slippage. This shoddy and expensive repair has left an ugly blemish that quite spoils the views of Westcliff-on-Sea from the sea (and pier). I desperately wish for some landscaping, and if this does not materialise then hope that the guerrilla gardeners can do something to make this hideous vista better.
From the pier you really see just how large an area has been wrecked, it really is the largest slice of council-inspired vandalism on the environment that I can recall. It also gives you an idea of just how large the Cliffs Museum will be if built, and those who still claim that it will have little impact of the visual amenity of the area should think again.
Dear council, please plant some trees here.