Gorleston ‘landslip’ blame still deadlocked

Responsibility for a collapsed wall that nearly crushed a schoolboy to death has still not been agreed - four months after the incident.

The White Lion steps in Gorleston remain closed after the 'landslip' on April 11, and it is not known when they will reopen.

An initial probe ruled build up of water caused the wall of a new-build home to collapse.

A spokesman from Norfolk County Council, told the Mercury: 'We met on August 9 with the developer of the nearby housing, along with the water company, and our contractor - May Gurney.'

And he added: 'Despite this month's meeting liability for both the collapse and the clear-up is still a matter of discussion and has yet to be established.'

Building control at the borough council is keeping a watching brief of the site.

And frustration is growing at the lack of progress to get the steps - which are a popular shortcut from town to the beach - reopened.

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As reported, tons of bricks and soil cascaded down the White Lion steps between Cliff Hill and Beach Road, Gorleston, after heavy rain just before 6pm on April 11.

And a 12-year-old Cliff Park High School pupil was lucky to escape with his life when the wall thudded to the floor seconds after he had reached the top of the steps.

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