The last remaining resident of a cliff top home refuses to relocate
Precariously perched on the edge of a cliff top in Norfolk is Mrs Nierop-Reading’s home. The 66 year old grandmother’s bungalow is only meters away from the edge of an eroding cliff and an 80ft drop, yet she refuses to relocate.
The properties around her have been demolished after the residents sold them to North Norfolk District Council for 40% of the properties value. Yet Mrs Nierop-Reading would rather watch the sun rise and set over the sea than take the councils compensation, ‘Every day I thank God for letting me be here. I’m not going to move until I have to.’
The bungalow on Beach Road in Happinsburgh was bought by Mrs Nierop-Reading in 2008 for £25,000 and she states she was fully away of the threat from the sea when she bought the property, which at the time sat 45ft from the cliff edge. She confessed that she always expected the day to come when she would have to move and expressed her sadness that the council have not tried to protect the coastline.
However, the Government refused to provide any funding to the district council to tackle the tide and prevent the coast from eroding further.
More than twenty properties have been lost to the sea in the area over the previous 20 years and of the 12 properties that were recognised as being at risk, 9 were bought by the local council last year and 2 have been kept for holiday homes by their owners.
A North Norfolk District Council spokesman announced that the council are constantly monitoring the situation and will certify Mrs Nierop-Reading when her property becomes too dangerous for her to stay in.
With more and more of the UK’s coastline being eroded by the sea, do you think the Government should be doing more to prevent this from affecting any more residents?
Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd
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