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Five houses in Whitby to be demolished following landslip

Engineers and Scarborough Council officers have decided to demolish a row of terrace houses in Whitby following a major landslip yesterday.

Demolition is due to take place in the next 24 to 48 hours, according to the council, after structural engineers decided to condemn the houses to prevent any further damage.

Heavy rain caused subsidence on the gardens of five properties yesterday on Aelfelda Terrace leaving them at risk of collapse. North Yorkshire Building Control and structure engineers made the recommendation to demolish property numbers three to seven after detailed inspections in the last few hours.

Engineers were concerned that if left, it would leave the houses and businesses below the terrace at risk.

Since the main slip yesterday, a further slippage did occur resulting in some loose material following on the back of three unoccupied properties further down the slope below Aelfleda Terrace on Primitive Methodist Chapel Yard.

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