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Homeowners 'living on edge of cliff' as landslip destroys gardens

Residents in a small town in the West Midlands fear their homes could be lost.

Recent bad weather has seen even more land crumbling away leaving homeowners in Cradley Heath. (SWNS)
Homeowners in Cradley Heath in the West Midlands fear their properties could be destroyed after a giant landslide at the back of their gardens. (SWNS)

Homeowners fear their properties could be destroyed after a giant landslide began the process of slowly eating into their gardens.

The landslip in Cradley Heath in the West Midlands gets bigger each time it rains and has destroyed multiple trees and two sheds in the last year.

Locals in High Haden Crescent said they felt like they were living by the coast after their gardens began to slip away. Recent bad weather has seen even more land crumble leaving homeowners worried for the safety of their families.

John Hingley, 42, has seen the expanding landslip get worse year-by-year since since moving into his home a decade ago.

He said: "I've seen trees disappear looking out my bedroom window, and I've seen two sheds disappear too. And it keeps getting worse, two days ago it got even bigger and even closer to my land. When it rains the land turns into clay and chunks just fall down the slope."

Homeowners are worried for the safety of their families. (SWNS)
Residents say the expanding landslip get worse year-by-year. (SWNS)

Residents are still trying to find out who is responsible for the land and the local council is aware of the situation. Yahoo News has contacted Sandwell Council for comment.

'My grandkids don't play in the garden'

Residents claim the land started collapsing after a factory was built over 30 years ago, but Hingley said he was unaware of this when he bought his house.

He said: "I didn't know anything about it until a neighbour knocked my door after we moved in and told us about the problem. I've got workmen in and they all say the job is just too big for them or their company to deal with.

"A lot of my neighbours are elderly so can't do anything for themselves which makes it all the more difficult for me to try and fight it off on my own.

"We have contacted councillors, the MP, you name it but never seem to find out whose fault it is and who is liable."

The massive landslip gets bigger every time it rains. (SWNS)
The landslip gets bigger each time it rains and has destroyed multiple trees and two sheds in the last year. (SWNS)

Another homeowner, Henry Robinson, 55, said: "It feels like you're living by the coast and one of those people worried about their house falling into the sea. There you sort of know what you're getting into but we couldn't be further away from the sea in the West Midlands, so it's been a real shock and a concern.

"I don't let my grandkids play out near the bottom of the garden, it's just too dangerous. I'm worried it will reach our homes or at least destroy our entire gardens and something needs to be done about it."

Cradley Heath and Old Hill councillor Vicki Smith added: "I can understand why residents are worried because it keeps getting bigger. It looks like they are living on the edge of a cliff the hole is so deep. We are trying to find out what can be done for them. As it is behind gardens and not openly viewable people do not understand just how big the problem is."

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