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Homes left on the edge

after 50m cliff crack

    Andrea Kirk  

A HORNSEA holiday park is appealing for help to reduce the rate of erosion south of Hornsea after a 50 metre crack appeared in the cliffs.

Longbeach Leisure Park located at the south end of Hornsea is partially protected by sea defences. However, where these stop the cliff is eroding at a fast rate.

Longbeach manager Chris Wilson said: “We have had to relocate 10 to 12 caravans in the last few weeks. We don’t know what to expect from one year to the next. We have gone from carrying out monthly cliff top checks to weekly checks and are now doing daily checks. We are hoping the situation calms again. However, we have had to contact one of our residents on the next row back from the cliff edge who has been here more than 30 years to start that difficult conversation about thinking about relocation. Our owners have been really cooperative and understanding of the situation.”

The site is particularly concerned about their pipeline connection to the waste water pumping station, getting nearer to the cliff edge which could be disastrous to the site and impact on the local community.

Longbeach Leisure Park’s director, Laura Firth has invited MP Graham Stuart to visit the park on Friday, April 5 during tourism week to ask for help in protecting the site: “So that we can show you how our business operates and the contribution that our park makes to the local economy,” she said.

One of the static caravan owners, Robin Glen has been out with his drone to capture the dramatic images and added: “I have been there nearly two years and we have seen a few slips, but this is a big one. The cause is the backwash from the end of the concrete groin. But you would have to build one to the end of the Humber. I have seen the same thing happen along the Norfolk coast. You will never stop the sea.”

An East Riding of Yorkshire Council spokesperson said: “While the existing coastal defences in Hornsea protect part of the Longbeach site from erosion, to the south of these defences, the coast is eroding at a rate of approximately 2.3 metres a year, with a maximum individual loss of 8.76 metres. Over time, this erosion, which is monitored regularly, has resulted in the need to relocate or remove caravan pitches from the site. In areas such as this, where erosion is impacting on communities and businesses, the council works with landowners to support them to adapt to their circumstances and to ensure that the risks to residents, visitors and members of the public from coastal erosion are minimised.

The council is aware of reports regarding the most recent loss of land at this location and will arrange for its coastal engineers to visit the site and conduct an assessment.”

*See also page 5

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