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Living on the East Yorkshire edge
East Yorkshire coastline
Villages like Skipsea and Aldbrough have been severely affected by erosion

Homes in the East Riding, which are in danger of falling into the sea are to be bought by the local council.

East Yorkshire has one of the fastest eroding coastlines in Europe. Since Roman times 30 villages have disappeared.

Now, a £1.2 million grant from the government will be used to help families living in villages like Skipsea and Aldbrough.

Under the new proposals, some residents will be eligible for money to relocate away from the crumbling coastline. Whilst other homes could be bought and leased back to their owners.

"You would take the market value of that property. That money would be put in funds so they can't go away and spend it on something else and it will be released then if they want to move," said Councillor Johnathan Owen from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

House on the cliff edge in East Yorkshire
The scheme will benefit between 37 and 55 families living on the coast

The news comes as a relief for one resident whose home is currently under threat.

John Hinchcliff moved to Skipsea 10 years ago. Since he was a child, John spent many of his holidays on the east coast and gave up his long-running business and home to live by the sea.

"Five years after being here the erosion started," said John.

"There was a road in front of the house and cliff tops. The road went, my garden wall went and now over half the garden's gone."

"I'm frightened to look [outside the window] because every morning I'm just worried there's going to be nothing there but sea."

Some residents, who are literally living on the edge, are positive about the plans. They only hope things will move forward quickly before the sea decides their fate for them.

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