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Aelfleda Terrace, Whitby - latest developments

Historic Whitby AbbeyDemolition work at five properties in Aelfleda Terrace in Whitby is due to get under way tomorrow afternoon.


It follows severe subsidence at the front of the properties overnight on Monday 26 November which has left them at serious risk of collapse. North Yorkshire Building Control and structural engineers made the recommendation to demolish following detailed inspections.


Work is taking place today to install a temporary road to Aelfleda Terrace, across a field between the properties and Whitby Abbey. Permission for the temporary road was granted by English Heritage. The council and its principal contractor, Transcore, are aware of the sensitivities of the historic site and will be closely following English Heritage’s advice while the work is carried out.


Two site compounds will also be established close to Aelfleda Terrace for the duration of the work.


Tomorrow, a platform will be constructed behind the terraced properties, with Transcore’s sub-contractor, RGS, a registered demolition contractor, due to arrive and start work in the afternoon from a cherry picker to be located on the platform.


Because of the lack of workable space around the immediate site and the need to ensure the properties do not collapse down the slope, work will be carried out in a steady, step by step approach. Heavy plant machinery cannot be used due to the instability of the site and its inaccessibility.


RGS will work throughout the night, over the weekend and into next week, though it is not clear at this stage exactly how long the work to bring down the five properties will take. Security personnel will also be on site 24 hours a day to ensure there is access to authorised personnel only as well as to ensure the safety of the public.


A spokesperson for Scarborough Borough Council said: “It is important the work is done in a careful, controlled and precise manner because of the instability on the site.


“At the same time, it is necessary to carry out the work around the clock. Obviously we would like to apologise to any residents who may be inconvenienced, but we hope they understand the gravity of the situation.


“We are working hard to keep people informed about the work with the help of the media and through letter drops and will be happy to answer any questions residents may have. If nearby residents require further information, they can contact our Housing Manager, Andrew Rowe on 01723 383598.”
Scarborough Borough Council,Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, North Yorkshire. YO11 2HG
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