Cliff-top homes to be demolished as collapse risk grows
Three homes close to the cliff edge in Norfolk are due to be demolished as high tides cut into sandy cliffs. A number of residents have left their wooden properties in The Marrams in Hemsby, some of which are within 1m (3.2ft) of the edge and are at risk of collapse. Several outbuildings have already succumbed as high tide hit at about 21:00 GMT on Friday. It is understood the homes are to be demolished from 11:00.
A council building control surveyor is currently assessing the weather conditions and if the properties are ready to be demolished, while all the homeowners have returned to pack up any last bits.
One of them, Mary Withey, who has lived in her house for four years, said she and her partner “had got what we can”. I’m not OK with it, it’s been my home, I don’t want to move… it’s very sad,” she said. When I first heard [it would be demolished] I was in shock and today I’ve just been tearful, it’s horrible. The only access road to properties on the Marrams has also been cordoned off and is expected to collapse. As the sea rose on Friday, a shed and a playhouse toppled over the cliff.
Hemsby Independent Lifeboat crew rescued two chickens that were still in the shed which they said “put a smile on everyone’s face. Daniel Hurd, coxswain, with the lifeboat crew said it had been a “long old night”.
The Highways Agency got the road blocked off on Friday evening and BT responded to a telegraph pole that was tilting on the edge. Luckily we managed to get that onto the beach and not risk public safety by it falling on top of them,” he said.
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