Sussex landmark is just 20 metres away from perilous drop as owners plan another rescue mission 

It’s already been moved inland once to stop it plunging 162 metres from its clifftop perch to the beach below.

But now, 22 years later, the Belle Tout Lighthouse stands just 20 metres away from the perilous drop – and its owners are planning another rescue mission.

The 850-tonne building on Beachy Head near Eastborne, East Sussex, was moved 17 metres back in 1999 over fears it would fall over the cliff edge due to coastal erosion. 

It's already been moved inland once to stop it plunging 162 metres from its clifftop perch to the beach below. But now, 22 years later, the Belle Tout Lighthouse stands just 20 metres away from the perilous drop

It's already been moved inland once to stop it plunging 162 metres from its clifftop perch to the beach below. But now, 22 years later, the Belle Tout Lighthouse stands just 20 metres away from the perilous drop

It’s already been moved inland once to stop it plunging 162 metres from its clifftop perch to the beach below. But now, 22 years later, the Belle Tout Lighthouse stands just 20 metres away from the perilous drop

This week tonnes of chalk fell from the cliff in front of the lighthouse on to the beach. 

The building has been a popular filming location and featured in 1980s TV series The Life and Loves of a She Devil and 1987 Bond film The Living Daylights.

The lighthouse, which was built in 1832 and decommissioned in 1902, is owned by David Shaw who bought it with his wife in 2008 and runs it as holiday let. 

He told the Daily Telegraph that the rock fall had made him consider when they might have to start work.

The 850-tonne building on Beachy Head near Eastborne, East Sussex, was moved 17 metres back in 1999 over fears it would fall over the cliff edge due to coastal erosion

The 850-tonne building on Beachy Head near Eastborne, East Sussex, was moved 17 metres back in 1999 over fears it would fall over the cliff edge due to coastal erosion

The 850-tonne building on Beachy Head near Eastborne, East Sussex, was moved 17 metres back in 1999 over fears it would fall over the cliff edge due to coastal erosion

He said: ‘When it’s necessary to move again, it could go back the same distance again, back to the perimeter wall, giving it another 50 or 60 years. We’ve not in imminent danger.’ 

He told the BBC he believed the fall was triggered by recent torrential rain. 

He said: ‘It’s hoped we’ll have 20 or 30 years to go before we need to panic.’

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