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Demolition on Knipe Point begins

Malcolm Pirks, from the Knipe Point Residents' Association Credit: ITV Calendar

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. Contractors say it will probably take a couple of days to complete the work. There are more than fifty houses on the estate.

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Four homes at Knipe Point are in danger of falling into the sea Credit: ITV News

Scarborough Council will be discussing funding for the relocation of residents at Knipe Point today.

The residents are moving after a landslip put their homes dangerously close to the cliff edge.

Four properties are at are at risk of sliding into the sea and are likely to be demolished.

Following bad weather in January, the properties, which are currently unoccupied, are now just a few metres away from the edge of the same active landslide, which four and a half years ago led to the loss of three bungalows.

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Knipe Point: Yorkshire Water say they are "not to blame"

Yorkshire Water say their investigation into a landslip at Knipe Point in Scarborough show they are "not to blame".

Four properties are at are at risk of sliding into the sea and will probably have to demolished.

Council officials have been trying to assess the stability of the immediate area to establish what action needs to be taken.

We have every sympathy with residents of Knipe Point and the situationthey’re facing following the recent land slippage.In an open report we received recently, a number of accusations were madeabout us, including water appearing from the cliff at Knipe Point was coming from our pipe which serves the McCain’s factory. It was alleged that a leak from this pipe was the main cause of the cliff’s instability.

We weren’t able to immediately respond to these allegations until we’d carried out our own investigation.

Now this is done, we’d like to reassure everyone concerned that our investigations show that our pipe is not to blame in any way for the recent land slippage.

The report states water stopped coming out of the cliff in July 2011.

This does not correspond with the date we activated the new pipe after ourreplacement scheme in November 2011.

Our own checks have also confirmed that the water coming from the cliff isnot potable water, meaning that it hasn’t come from any of our drinkingwater supply pipes in the area.

Available evidence suggests the landslip was simply an act of nature. This theory is supported by an earlier study, conducted by the Council, which concluded that this stretch ofcoastline is geologically active, leading to periodic landslips.

– Yorkshire Water

Yorkshire Water respond to landslide claims

Yorkshire Water say it's too early to say who is to blame for a landslide which is threatening homes in North Yorkshire.

Four houses, which are now unoccupied, will have to be demolished at Knipe Point near Scraborough after a cliff collapse, which residents claim is because of a leaking waste pipe from a nearby frozen food factory.

We're aware of the independent report commissioned by the Knipe Point Residents Association. Due to the length and high level of technical information in the report we have not yet been able to fully consider it. We will however look closely at the findings and respond to the residents as soon as possible.

– Yorkshire Water statement

McCain responds to cliff collapse

Frozen food company McCain says it is taking expert advice on a landslip in North Yorkshire, which residents claim has been caused by a leak from one of their waste pipes. Four homes will have to be demolished after the cliff at Knipe Point collapsed on Monday.

Like everyone else in Scarborough, we are well aware of the longstanding geological issues at Knipe Point. We have participated constructively on a voluntary basis in past authoritative studies which have concluded that inherent and unstable geological conditions at Knipe Point are the most probable reason for the issue. We have asked geological experts to assess the document’s contents before commenting further.

– McCain statement
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