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Demolition work begins on Scarborough Knipe Point houses threatened by landslip

Malcolm Pirks, from the Knipe Point Residents' Association Photo:

Houses on the East Coast put at risk by a landslip will be demolished today.

A land slip at a beauty spot in Scarborough, where three homes had to be demolished in 2008, meant residents were forced to move out of their homes on Knipe Point earlier this year.

The latest collapse has brought the cliff edge to within a few feet of several homes.

A report was commissioned by the Knipe Point Residents Association, which concluded water seeping from the cliff face had most likely leaked from a pipe - run by Yorkshire Water - from the nearby McCain factory.

But Yorkshire Water said an investigation they launched into the landslip showed they were "not to blame".

Today a digger moved in to start demolition work on four houses at Knipe Point. Contractors say it will probably take a couple of days to complete the work. There are more than fifty houses on the estate.

Malcolm Pirks from the Knipe Point Residents' Association said: "I feel very sad really, because when you can look around you, you can imagine that a large majority of the residents are pensioners. I must think how they feel today, not knowing whether they are going to be next."

Mr Pirks believes a number of residents may only receive half the value of their properties from insurance companies. That will be in the region of seven thousand pounds.

This week at a Scarborough Council meeting, councillors recommended that Saxon Park in Crossgates is the preferred site for relocating the residents.

It was also agreed a grant would be made available for the Knipe Point Freeholders Limited to buy Saxon Park.

Demolition work at Knipe Point