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Why Norfolk clifftop homes are falling into the sea and who is to blame | ITV News

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Thirteen homes on top of a cliff at Hemsby near Great Yarmouth in Norfolk are at risk of crashing into the sea after two 'Beast from the East' weather events speeded up coastal erosion in the area. Local residents are calling for more government funding to provide better sea defences. The Environment Agency says the local authority Great Yarmouth Borough Council is responsible for coastal protection but the council says it can't afford it and is that it does not have a statutory duty to protect land it doesn't own. The Environment Agency says this part of the Norfolk coast is subject to 'managed re-alignment' which it defines as 'allowing the shoreline to move naturally, but managing the process to direct it in certain areas." Watch these reports and interviews from ITV News Anglia. • Subscribe to ITV News on YouTube: http://bit.ly/2lOHmNj • Get breaking news and more stories at http://www.itv.com/news Follow ITV News on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itvnews/ Follow ITV News on Twitter: https://twitter.com/itvnews Follow ITV News on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itvnews/
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Text Comments (41)
Jeffrey Clarke (1 day ago)
Government will nock your house down. Wake up idiots.
robert hicks (3 days ago)
I wonder if they could use some kind of barrier that allowed water though, but blocked sand. The idea would be that it would cause the sand to build up the beach from where the barrier is. Eventually, the beach would be bigger and protect the cliff.
Himself Lee (23 days ago)
Don't ever build on the edges of the water or on the cliffs. Water rises and recedes. It has been happening for centuries.
Jcapps57 Johnson (25 days ago)
Stupid sheeple!!! You can't defend against mother nature. She always wins.
J Wing (1 month ago)
Unwater concrete blocks would help break up the power of the waves that are causing the coastal erosion. Take extra tax from the communities affected directly to build these concrete blocks.
M Bailey (2 months ago)
We will continue to see more of these as long as you keep trying to control nature. Ocean view!!
Bill Miller (3 months ago)
Not seeing a problem here. There is a whole row of new homes right behind the row that is falling into the sea. When they go there is another row behind - everyone will get a nice ocean view over time
HugsBach (3 months ago)
😱🙏 I'm so sorry to see this to the people of England./UK.
TnMtnRdr (3 months ago)
"a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: " (Jesus)
pass iton (4 months ago)
Its pride an arrogance: The story of the wise man who built his house upon a rock is found in Matthew 7 v24–27. It is one of the parables of Jesus. During His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told a story about two men: one who built his house upon a rock and another who built his house upon sand. The house built upon a rock weathered the storm, and the builder is called wise; but the house built on the sand collapsed during the storm, and the builder is called foolish. So proper foundations are necessary. With a literal house, it is unwise to build on sand, because the foundation will be unsteady and the house will eventually suffer some kind of damage. This will waste resources, and all the time and work put into building the house in the first place will have gone for nothing. In contrast, it is wise to build one’s house on a sure foundation; anchoring to bedrock makes a building withstand the test.
Nathan6635 (3 months ago)
great parable and practical building advice, he really had the whole package did our Jesus
Tatty Lashes (4 months ago)
How the hell is it the governments fault?
JKL (4 months ago)
I don't know why they would wait so long to pack up and get out.
Ellis Hill (1 month ago)
JKL it happened over one weekend.. 7 metres of cliff was eroded in one weekend. They was aware of the erosion but aren’t you slightly shocked that 7 metres has gone in such a short period of time?
Eziekle Crafts (6 months ago)
Vgffgf Vdghhft (7 months ago)
Blame the nature.
EASYTIGER10 (7 months ago)
How is anyone "to blame" for natural physical processes which have been going on for millions of years?
DJ Deathbros321 (2 months ago)
Sodthong (7 months ago)
Once upon a time there were trees along those shores that held the soil together and replaced sediment loss with their leaves. Then came man and chopped all the trees down. Now the ocean eats the land and man stands and watches wondering why ....
James Mara (6 days ago)
Got no sympathy for tools that build on the side of a cliff next to an ocean. Bunch of idiots if they think "the government" is gonna fix their ills. Gov. is totally useless.
Crystal clarke (8 months ago)
The government are to busy with brexit. The government won’t help to busy making cuts .
ValhalaFiveSix (9 months ago)
Ahh blame it on the Queen, you fools.
oisaveloy (9 months ago)
They could at least have turned the stopcock.
Dave Bass (9 months ago)
If there are no goverment MP's living on the coast. Then there is no chance, sorry to say
Joseph (1 year ago)
Climate change nonsense the climate always changes, what happened to global warming . Check out Piers Corbyn at weatheraction website people
Joseph (1 year ago)
We do not need the government to our problems we need to have a strong community .
Oh well (1 year ago)
Deal with it by not building on the beach. Trying to control nature with money. That is so foolish and borders on the insane. Just what can a government do about this, then people want to blame someone other than themselves.
Victor Washington (1 year ago)
Geology 101 Cliffs are formed due to land erosion most by the sea and some by the wind Sea Defenses will merely delay the inevitable Why risk building a house there?
Elizabeth Nichols (1 year ago)
Dosen't the BIBLE TELLS YOU not to build your HOUSE on sand?
Stafon Von Camron (1 year ago)
The sea is responsible. duh!
William Partridge (1 year ago)
We now cool fast and sea levels are static and will soon start falling as we cool in the next few decades of Solar Grand Minimum
Donald Whitty (10 months ago)
William Partridge oh my what a wonderful organization you must belong to. How do I sign up?
john oconnor (1 year ago)
stupid to build there serves them right
chelsea hulmston (1 year ago)
john oconnor the cliff face and sea wasn't that close when it was built in the 50s. Erosion over time has caused the cliffs to fall into the sea and the sea creep up on the homes. Maybe serves them right for buying the home 8 years ago but building it 70+ years ago maybe not
Tinder inc (1 year ago)
I think the ocean level might have gotten higher from melting ice, global cooling. Not good
Konaalii Alohaohana (1 year ago)
THIS weather threat is NOT NEW NEWS !!!! The gov't & Royal family have been aware of this assault on the coasts for 30 yrs. Yet they've done NOTHING.
Pirate Dog (1 year ago)
I blame the people building the houses and the people who live in them. It's inevitable. You know it's going to happen eventually. It's not the safest place to build on clearly. Erosion happens everywhere.
mike rayner videos (1 year ago)
quite shocking, its really scary that the sea can move inland so quickly!.. by the way i like the newsreader girl.. she's pretty :)
Doctor Manhattan (1 year ago)
Russia is to blame. God damn you Putin.
tuborg carlsberg (3 months ago)
What about the Mexicans or China???
Mad&Mar SlimeASMR (1 year ago)
Doctor Manhattan yes. You speak wise words! 😂 stupid “Poo”tin. I am so sorry...

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