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Gaping holes on clifftops are stark reminder of the erosion at Hemsby homes

PUBLISHED: 12:37 25 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:08 25 March 2018

There are now gaping holes on the clifftop at the Marrams where the chalets were. Picture: Anthony Carroll

There are now gaping holes on the clifftop at the Marrams where the chalets were. Picture: Anthony Carroll

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The five unsafe homes that were dangling on the edge on the cliffs at Hemsby have now been demolished.

There are now gaping holes on the clifftop at the Marrams where the chalets where.
Picture: Anthony CarroolThere are now gaping holes on the clifftop at the Marrams where the chalets where. Picture: Anthony Carrool

There are now just five gaping holes on the clifftop at the Marrams where the homes had been.

Demolition work started on Friday and was completed this morning by Anglian Demolition and Asbestos Ltd, which has been contracted by Great Yarmouth Borough Council to carry out the work following severe erosion from last weekend.

There are now gaping holes on the clifftop at the Marrams where the chalets where.
Picture: Anthony CarroolThere are now gaping holes on the clifftop at the Marrams where the chalets where. Picture: Anthony Carrool

A spokesman for Great Yarmouth Borough Council said: “The five properties which were at imminent risk of falling onto the beach at Hemsby are now all demolished and debris from them cleared from the beach.

“After the initial one being demolished on Friday, two were removed yesterday and the other two this morning.

There are now gaping holes on the clifftop at the Marrams where the chalets where.
Picture: Anthony CarroolThere are now gaping holes on the clifftop at the Marrams where the chalets where. Picture: Anthony Carrool

“Building Control surveyors and Environmental Services officers are constantly reviewing the situation with respect to the remaining eight properties to the east of The Marrams which are at significant risk of being lost through the further settlement of the cliffs following the recent storm.

“The council has been speaking to, and will continue to speak with, the homeowners.”

There are now gaping holes on the clifftop at the Marrams where the chalets where.
Picture: Anthony CarroolThere are now gaping holes on the clifftop at the Marrams where the chalets where. Picture: Anthony Carrool

This morning work was also taking place to clear the beach in front of Hemsby Lifeboat Station.

A digger was removing debris revealed by the severe erosion, such as from Second World War defences and parts of the previous lifeboat station.

The lifeboat can launch and it is hoped it will be fully operation on Monday, when the borough council transports sand from Great Yarmouth to the beach.

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