Clifftop road collapses with homes now dangerously close to the brink

Hemsby beach houses devastated by Storm Ciara

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A clifftop road has collapsed at a seaside resort where three houses were demolished after high tides cut into sandy cliffs.

Homeowner Lewis Martin is now hoping to be able to move his property, which he describes as his “dream home” further inland.

The destruction comes days after the residential properties were demolished fearing they would fall onto the beach at Hemsby in Norfolk.

On Monday, two more homes were evacuated.

The house owners were told to collect their belongings.

Those properties are also expected to be pulled down.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council said it was looking to provide rock defences.

On Friday, residents started to leave their chalets on The Marrams due to high tides and strong winds.

The demolition of the homes has been taking place on the north side of Hemsby Gap in the direction of Winterton-on-Sea.

However, the access road has collapsed south of that section of coast, which is a break in the cliff and dunes used by the lifeboat crew to access the beach.

Norfolk County Council said the collapsed section was on a public right of way that its Highways team closed as a precaution on Monday.

It said officers were on site assessing the damage.

A spokesman added: “The situation along the coast continued to develop and anyone with any concerns about roads and rights of way in the area should report any issues.”

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About 1,900 tonnes of granite is expected to arrive on Wednesday, with Great Yarmouth Borough Council saying it was looking to protect the cliff with rock defences to save clifftop road access to a number of other properties.

The council said it was waiting for permission from the landowner to put the granite rocks on the beach.

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