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Watch as machines churn the sands at Hemsby ahead of mass demolition of cliff-hanging homes

PUBLISHED: 18:33 01 May 2018 | UPDATED: 19:35 01 May 2018

Anglian Demolition from Attleborough, clear the debris falling into the beach under the clifftop homes at risk of falling at Hemsby. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Anglian Demolition from Attleborough, clear the debris falling into the beach under the clifftop homes at risk of falling at Hemsby. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Machines have been on the beach in Hemsby all of Tuesday afternoon clearing up debris from cliff-hanging homes.

Number 199 The Marrams, one of the seven clifftop homes at Hemsby which will soon be demolished, although one may be moved away from the edge. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYNumber 199 The Marrams, one of the seven clifftop homes at Hemsby which will soon be demolished, although one may be moved away from the edge. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Specialist contractors have been working to clear up the area before the tide rolls back in and takes it all away again.

On Wednesday at around midday they will start in earnest to tear down the wooden chalets that dot the final-frontier dune, their interiors exposed like dolls’ houses.

Some of the homes have been seaside holiday havens for more than 80 years offering peaceful scenic views and walks on the beach below. Now they are wrecks and if they weren’t torn down they would tip down the dunes and be taken by the sea.

Demolition of the seven homes is taking place in a borough council-given order taking into account who is coming from where to take what, as well as the urgent matter of where action is needed most to keep people safe.

Anglian Demolition from Attleborough, clear the debris falling into the beach under the clifftop homes at risk of falling at Hemsby. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYAnglian Demolition from Attleborough, clear the debris falling into the beach under the clifftop homes at risk of falling at Hemsby. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

For Lance Martin it is the end of his retirement dream.

Although he has been given some leeway to explore a plan to move his home back buying a bit of time he thought he had a few months left at least.

The 60-year-old has bought a caravan as a plan B but is still keen to salvage what he can from his teetering clifftop home where the sea can be seen swirling beneath the floor of what was his kitchen.

Meanwhile council officials have met with the landowner and the fire service has mapped out a new response route given the perilous state of the road in The Marrams which is also being monitored.

Six of the clifftop homes perched precariously as the sand falls away from underneath at Hemsby, which will soon be demolished, although one may be just moved away from the edge by the resident. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSix of the clifftop homes perched precariously as the sand falls away from underneath at Hemsby, which will soon be demolished, although one may be just moved away from the edge by the resident. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Number 195 The Marrams, one of the seven clifftop homes at Hemsby which will soon be demolished, although one may be moved away from the edge. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYNumber 195 The Marrams, one of the seven clifftop homes at Hemsby which will soon be demolished, although one may be moved away from the edge. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Number 199 The Marrams, one of the seven clifftop homes at Hemsby which will soon be demolished, although one may be moved away from the edge. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYNumber 199 The Marrams, one of the seven clifftop homes at Hemsby which will soon be demolished, although one may be moved away from the edge. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Number 195 The Marrams, one of the seven clifftop homes at Hemsby which will soon be demolished, although one may be moved away from the edge. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYNumber 195 The Marrams, one of the seven clifftop homes at Hemsby which will soon be demolished, although one may be moved away from the edge. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

One of the clifftop homes in The Marrams at Hemsby perched precariously at the edge of the sand cliff, as work goes on to clear the beach of debris. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYOne of the clifftop homes in The Marrams at Hemsby perched precariously at the edge of the sand cliff, as work goes on to clear the beach of debris. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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