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
Copyright: Archant 2018
Machines have been on the beach in Hemsby all of Tuesday afternoon clearing up debris from cliff-hanging homes.
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.
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.