High tide sees no homes topple onto beach at Hemsby as MP calls for sea defence action

PUBLISHED: 08:34 20 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:47 20 March 2018

Coastal erosion is threatening homes on The Marrams in Hemsby which are now on the cliff edge. Picture: Nick Butcher

Coastal erosion is threatening homes on The Marrams in Hemsby which are now on the cliff edge. Picture: Nick Butcher

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The high tide has come and gone at Hemsby without causing the imminent destruction of the erosion threatened homes on the Marrams.

There were three homes perilously dangling over the cliff tops as of 9.15pm last night.

The situation is being monitored from the Hemsby Lifeboat Station and an on call member said no homes had toppled over as yet, but that could happen in the foreseeable future.

A total of 13 homes have been evacuated on the Marrams, with the properties deemed as uninhabitable.

Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis, who is due to visit the village on Friday, has commentated on the situation.

He said: “It’s horrendous to see the damage the sea and weather can do and I’d like to pay tribute to the amazing local community, volunteers, the Parish Council, Hemsby lifeboat, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, in particular Cllr Graham Plant and Cllr James Bensley, and the emergency services, all who have been phenomenal in dealing with the situation in Hemsby.

“I’ve been working with the local community for a number of years to look at a scheme that will work to delay the coastal erosion, there are a some issues with this, but the bottom line is that we need the Environment Agency to agree a suitable scheme and the local authority to give it planning permission so we can go forwards and seek funding. We do need to get on with this, as the problems are now occurring every few years, rather than once in a generation.

“My advice to residents is do please continue to follow the advice of the emergency services and please be assured that the community are working together to find safe and secure accommodation for those affected, and is working on providing longer term protection of our coastline.”

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