THE PAINSTAKING demolition of five historic Whitby cottages began over the weekend.
Due to the precarious nature of the buildings and their isolated location on Whitby’s east side, the Aelfleda Terrace properties are being torn down by hand, making progress extremely slow.
However, this means that a larger amount of personal possessions may be rescued from the buildings, where they were otherwise thought to be lost forever.
Emergency contractors Transcore have been commissioned by Scarborough Borough Council to undertake the demolition, and a spokesperson for the council said: “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 can not be used due to the instability of the site and its inaccessibility.”
The council is required to ensure the demolition of the 150-year-old former-jetworkers’ cottages after they were condemned and declared dangerous to other nearby buildings and residents by independent engineers.
A fund has been set up for the only permanent resident of Aelfleda Terrace, Jude Knight, who has lost her home and the majority of her possessions. A collection pot is located in Dotty About Vintage on Church Street, or Humble Pie after hours.
For more information about the demolition contact SBC housing manager Andrew Rowe on 01723 383598.