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Aelfleda Terrace, Whitby - latest developments
Demolition work at five
properties in Aelfleda Terrace in Whitby is due to get under way
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
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
“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.”