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Another Hemsby home is hanging over cliff edge

PUBLISHED: 11:15 10 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:01 10 April 2018

More homes along the Marrams, Hemsby are in danger of falling into the sea.
Picture: Nick Butcher

More homes along the Marrams, Hemsby are in danger of falling into the sea. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A further eight homes in Hemsby are at “significant risk” as a result of coastal erosion, with one property overhanging the cliff edge.

More homes along the Marrams, Hemsby are in danger of falling into the sea.
Picture: Nick ButcherMore homes along the Marrams, Hemsby are in danger of falling into the sea. Picture: Nick Butcher

In March, the council demolished five homes that were precariously close to falling into the sea after powerful tides saw huge chunks of dunes topple onto the beach.

Now council members, building control surveyors and Environmental Services have returned to the area to review the situation.

Diggers also shifted tonnes of sand in order to build up the bottom of the dunes and rebuild the ramp, as Hemsby Lifeboat crews were having difficulty returning from the beach.

Councillor James Bensly, who runs a cafe in the village, said it was “heartbreaking” to see another home on the edge.

More homes along the Marrams, Hemsby are in danger of falling into the sea.
Picture: Nick ButcherMore homes along the Marrams, Hemsby are in danger of falling into the sea. Picture: Nick Butcher

He said: “The beach is so low that even on low tide the tide seems high, it’s just lapping at 
the base of The Marrams. The beach needs massive, massive build up. The beach is so low it’s unreal. I’ve never seen it like this before.

“It’s just an absolute nightmare at the moment, it’s being really awkward, it’s just not giving us a chance.

“It’s heartbreaking for the residents and all concerned. I don’t know whether the overhanging home is a holiday chalet or if they lived there all year round, but nobody could be prepared for this.”

The Hemsby gap area was fenced off yesterday afternoon as diggers filled in areas behind tank traps and refortified the ramp; however, the barrier was expected to be lifted before the end of the day.

The gabion sea defences along the shoreline of Hemsby are in need of some urgent repair.
Picture: Nick ButcherThe gabion sea defences along the shoreline of Hemsby are in need of some urgent repair. Picture: Nick Butcher

While eight more homeowners in The Marrams face the prospect of clearing their belongings from their properties, further along the coast in The Esplanade in Scratby, a man, who wished to remain anonymous, was moving into his new home.

He said: “Luckily here the gabions are squared off, so the water hasn’t got behind like it has in Hemsby, though it has eroded more rapidly than expected.

“Hopefully, I’ll go before the house does.”

The people of Hemsby are invited to have their say on the threat of coastal erosion at a drop-in session at the village hall on Thursday, as part of a review that will see engineers assess what can be done to protect 
the village.

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