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Thousands sign petition demanding government help for Hemsby

PUBLISHED: 16:38 20 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:25 20 March 2018

Homes on The Marrams in Hemsby are on the verge of falling into the sea due to coastal erosion.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Homes on The Marrams in Hemsby are on the verge of falling into the sea due to coastal erosion. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Close to 4,000 people have put their name to a petition demanding government help for erosion-hit Hemsby.

Homes on The Marrams in Hemsby are on the verge of falling into the sea due to coastal erosion.
Picture: Nick ButcherHomes on The Marrams in Hemsby are on the verge of falling into the sea due to coastal erosion. Picture: Nick Butcher

The Change.org petition set up by David Cawdery reads: “Hemsby is a beautiful and adored village on the Norfolk coast which also provides a hot spot for tourism.

“We are asking for the government to step in and provide adequate sea defences to save this unique and cherished place.

“The recent horrific weather conditions have meant people have lost their homes and unless something is done soon more will follow.”

The petition gained thousands of supporters in its first 20 hours, with more people signing all the time.

Giving her reasons for signing Tracey Page said: “This place has a special place in my heart. I’ve loved this beach and the people since I was a small child.

“They really need some help to save this beautiful place for generations to come.”

Wendels Gooch said: “Before we know it, we will be living near Potter Heigham on sea. People may scoff at that comment, but take a moment to realise how much land we have lost in the area over the last few years!”

And Helen Marsh added: “If it can be stopped, it should be. Going to be a lot of homeless people soon if you don’t do something.”

To sign the petition click here.

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