Five of the 13 at risk cliff-top homes in Hemsby in Norfolk have been demolished.
The 13 homes were evacuated early last week after Great Yarmouth Borough Council said they they were in a “precarious position” and it was “too dangerous” for residents of the chalets close to the cliff edge to return to their homes
Since then five properties started to fall on to the beach and have been demolished. Building control surveyors and environmental services officers are reviewing the situation for the remaining eight properties which are at significant risk of being lost through further settlement of the cliffs.
This week the borough council has started to transport the first of up to 100 lorry loads carrying a total of 160m³ of sand to Hemsby beach to fill the gap between the beach and a lifeboat shed so that a sloping ramp cut into the beach can be reinstated.
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Great Yarmouth Borough Council deputy council leader Carl Smith said: “Since the devastating weather at the weekend, the council has worked closely with partners to support the affected residents and wider community. It remains a top council priority to demolish and dispose of the dangerous properties before the important Easter holidays.
“While the intention is to keep as much debris on the cliff-top as possible for safe removal and disposal, this is a somewhat delicate demolition operation involving heavy machinery and damaged properties perched on a soft cliff that is still stabilising to its natural gradient, so it is inevitable that further debris will fall onto the beach.”
Hemsby has lost 300m of coastline to the sea since the 1970s.