FRIDAY, SEPT. 21: A recent rock fall close to the Grand Atlantic site does not pose any danger to the development, according to Government.

The Ministry of Public Works claimed the fall was not caused by erosion at the base of the cliff but by “long-term erosion”.

The Bermuda Sun revealed on Wednesday a significant chunk of rock had fallen away from the cliff face to the east of the low-cost housing site on South Shore.

A Ministry spokesperson said: “We would like to stress that the photographs in the Bermuda Sun are not at the Atlantic Housing development.

“There was a small rock fall close to the development, but not actually on the property itself, that does not endanger the property in any way. Following a site visit by Public Works engineers it was determined that the rock fall was not caused by erosion at the base of the cliff but by long-term erosion and is not a quick deterioration.

“The Ministry would like to assure the public that full assessments of the area have been carried out and will continue to be carried out to assess coastal erosion in this area.”

The Government statement prompted a quick response from the Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce.

Stuart Hayward, BEST’s chairman, said: “BEST would remind the Works Ministry that natural erosion does not follow man-made property lines, so it is irrelevant whether the rock fall occurred within or outside the arbitrary lines delineating ownership boundaries.

“The government-commissioned Coastal Erosion Report identifies that entire segment of the south coast as a zone most susceptible to wind and wave-caused erosion. Prudence would dictate that human activity above and below the cliff-face be carried out with caution.

“BEST would also point out that past, present and future ‘assessments of the area’ can do little to predict where rock falls will occur nor how small or large they will be. In addition to assuring the public of assessments, it would seem to be prudent to warn beach-goers of the risks.”