THE ATROCIOUS winter weather has taken its toll on a popular beauty spot.
Council officers have been forced to close access to lower Ecclesbourne Glen from the East Hill area of Hastings due to landslips.
The glen which forms part of Hastings Country Park has been battered by heavy rain triggering a number of landslips making the ground unstable.
The area has already seen warning signs erected following the gigantic landslip from Rock-a-Nore cliffs in January.
Fortunately no one has been injured by any of the landslips but it is an area popular with nature lovers and walkers.
Hastings Borough Council spokesman Kevin Boorman said:- “Very unfortunately, the winter’s weather has taken its toll in Hastings Country Park.
“We have had to close access to lower Ecclesbourne Glen from the East Hill.
“This part of the Country Park can now only be reached from Rocklands Lane and Barley Lane.
“We have erected signs and maps across the East Hill warning people that the paths are closed because of the landslips.
“I know this will be a great disappointment to local residents and visitors alike, who enjoy walks to ‘the glen’ from the Old Town.
“But there have been a number of landslips and the ground remains unstable.
“It is simply too dangerous at the moment to enter this part of the glen.
“We would urge people not to try and climb around the fencing we have erected.
“Because these are public rights of way we will work with East Sussex County Council.
“Once the land has stabilised and decide how best to re-open access to this part of the Country Park.”