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Seven properties at risk as Hemsby cliffs again battered by high tides

PUBLISHED: 10:54 30 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:23 30 April 2018

The battered Hemsby cliffs. Picture: James Bensly

The battered Hemsby cliffs. Picture: James Bensly

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The high tide and bad weather overnight has resulted in further loss of cliffs at Hemsby.

Once the tide lowers to allow access to the beach, Great Yarmouth Borough Council officers will visit and assess both the cliffs and the at-risk properties along the top.

Several homes have already been demolished by the council as they teetered on top of the cliffs, and ones now at risk are not occupied.

The council has continued the seven remaining properties to the east of The Marrams road which have been at risk of falling onto the beach.

Cllr Carl Smith, the deputy council leader, said: “Last week, following the issue of a yellow weather warning by the Met Office, the council liaised with the seven property owners, plus the landowner and the parish council, to ensure they were all aware of the strong winds and heavy rain forecast for overnight and well into today (Monday).

“The council kept a close eye on the situation over the weekend.

“Early this morning, council officers visited Hemsby at high tide and noted a further loss of cliff material as a result of the bad weather overnight. This remains a changing situation.

“The council will continue to update the owners of all affected properties, who are well aware of the potential of demolition at relatively short notice in order to preserve public safety.

“The public are reminded to stay away from the area to the east of The Marrams road and the beach directly below the cliffs, as these areas remain dangerous.”

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