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On the edge: Shocking picture shows scale of erosion threat to home

PUBLISHED: 15:30 15 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:53 20 March 2018

A house in The Marrams, Hemsby, perilously close to oblivion . Photo: Mike Page

A house in The Marrams, Hemsby, perilously close to oblivion . Photo: Mike Page

Mike Page

Perilously close to the cliff edge this home in Hemsby could be one storm away from oblivion.

Hazel fencing littering Scratby beach. Photo: Mike King Hazel fencing littering Scratby beach. Photo: Mike King

The picture, taken by aerial photographer Mike Page, shows the shocking aftermath of the Beast from the East which bit into beaches all along the coast.

At The Marrams it has prompted comparisons with the December 2013 storm which saw homes tumble into the sea.

And if no action is taken one resident says he can guarantee the same will happen again soon.

The homeowner said his property was better off than some with a good 10ft of garden left, but at least one other was teetering on the edge of soft sandy cliffs with just 4ft of land remaining.

Resident Mike King says concrete blocks should be extended to protect the dunes. Photo: Mike King Resident Mike King says concrete blocks should be extended to protect the dunes. Photo: Mike King

The urgency of the situation has focused attention on hexagonal concrete blocks further along which have done their job and protected the dunes.

He said: “It is a matter of urgency and residents see the that there is a solution with these hexagonal blocks and they are aware of all the implications for the whole village.

“It’s not just about the houses and the people who live in them. These are people’s lives. The dunes are Hemsby’s first line of defence and we have a whole village and a seaside economy.”

His thoughts were echoed by Scratby resident and former coastal campaigner Mike King who said more concrete blocks were the answer.

He took issue with the use of hazel fencing which was used to build up sand but was no defence against pounding waves.

“Why does Hemsby persist in installing hazel fencing sea defences when they keep being washed away by every extra high tide and end up in bundles on Scratby to California beach?

“This has happened again after the recent Beast from the East and they have made a right mess of Scratby beach.

“Surely it would be more sensible to continue the concrete block sea defences which have been installed from Newport for approximately 200m?

“This type of sea defence will withstand the pounding of heavy seas and protects the dune behind it.

“A further 4m has been washed away by this recent storm and a further storm surge will result in the loss of the Marrams valley and this section of the Newport to Hemsby coastal path.”

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