Storm-damaged housing at Hemsby to be cleared this week
10:53 03 February 2014
The final remains of Hemsby’s seafront homes damaged by the December surge tide will this week be cleared away.
Contractors have spent over three weeks demolishing four chalets on the Marrams in Hemsby following damage caused by the December 5th storm.
The final home, still hanging over the edge of the dunes, has taken longer than the others to dismantle due to a high level of asbestos.
A decontamination unit has been set up on the beach with backing from the Health and Safety Executive, and polythene sheeting is being used to prevent asbestos being moved about by the wind.
Great Yarmouth Borough Council agreed to pay for demolition of the seafront homes just before Christmas after the hazardous substance was discovered inside one.
With the end of demolition now in sight, a spokesman for the borough council said: “Demolition work got under way on January 8 under the supervision of specialist asbestos removal contractor, ID Asbestos, who is ensuring the asbestos is removed and disposed of in a controlled manner.
“Work started last Monday to demolish the final property following discussions with the Health and Safety Executive to agree logistics arrangements for a decontamination unit. The site has been fenced off and residents are advised not to enter for their own safety until the operation is complete.” The clear-up work, following December’s tidal surge, is vital to ensure the borough’s beautiful beaches continue to attract the millions of tourists who contribute massively to the local economy each season.
Elsewhere, the council’s operational partner GYB Services Ltd has completed its clear up of storm debris.
A two-week operation to remove tonnes of waste left on about three miles of beach, stretching from Scratby to the harbour’s mouth at Yarmouth, started on January 14 and saw teams using diggers, hand-grabbers and hard graft to remove broken wood, rubbish and huge swathes of marram grass that washed onto the beaches during the highest tide in 60 years.
The cost of the clear up is not yet known.
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