Posted by: John Brace | 26th June 2018

Why has the Hoylake Golf Resort project been delayed?

Why has the Hoylake Golf Resort project been delayed?

                                                

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Wirral West Constituency Committee (Wirral Council) 14th June 2018

Member of public asking questions about Hoylake Golf Resort at the Wirral West Constituency Committee 14th June 2018

Member of public asking questions about Hoylake Golf Resort at the Wirral West Constituency Committee 14th June 2018

Many questions were asked at a recent Wirral West Constituency Committee about Wirral Council’s proposed “flagship” tourist attraction called Hoylake Golf Resort.

One of the company directors of Wirral Council’s joint venture partner Nicklaus Joint Venture Group Limited Andrew Rouse has recently resigned as company director. Also although detailed design studies and consultation were meant to start according to the indicative timetable reported to Cabinet in December 2017 in February 2018, the fieldwork and surveys haven’t started yet. David Ball in a written response stated, “the project has proven to be more complex than expected”.

Could this be in part because underneath the proposed Hoylake Golf Resort is a former landfill site? The Greenbank Road Landfill Site, Council Landfill Site and Upper Birket Valley Landfill Site were all based at this location and were run as landfill sites before more restrictive environmental legislation on the running of such sites came into effect in the 1970s. These former landfill sites were used for inert waste, industrial waste, commercial waste and liquids/sludge waste. One of the former landfill sites was run by D (Morgan) Plant Hire Limited who did urban reclamation and recycling of contaminated land.

The Stop Hoylake Golf Resort Action Group have concerns also about Wirral Council lending the developer money.

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Responses

  1. Does rats deserting a sinking ship come to mind it does to me.
    Was the fact investigated that the sites were landfill and as such
    there is a probably toxic waste festering below ground andpossible
    health hazards. The council should have investigated this before putting pen to paper and lending to the company behind the scheme.
    John these councillors are a disgrace as are the officers who sanctioned the scheme in the first place its as bad as Wirral funny biz and stella stinking waters and numerous cock ups, the council have shown yet again they are not fit for purpose

    • Thanks for your comment Jonathan.

      Back in November 2016 Wirral Council’s Cabinet agreed to spend on consultants a further £252,469 on a geotechnical investigation of the Council owned former landfill site at Greenbank Road to see if it could be safely used as a golf course.

      The breakdown was £200,000 on a former landfill study and works and £52,469 on remediation management and supervision of works.

      I’ve not seen the report that would result from this study, or know if it has been completed yet.

  2. Thanks for filming and publishing John, I don’t know what we’d do without you!

    • Thanks for your kind words, I did originally think most public meetings of Wirral Council would be webcast by now.

      Wirral Council have only filmed three since the May elections, compared to around eight public meetings at Wirral Council I’ve filmed (although there have been around two dozen public meetings of Wirral Council over this timeframe although many of those the public would be excluded from the rest of the meeting near the start).

      At the last public meeting I was at yesterday evening, the contractor who supplied the microphones was training Wirral Council employees how to connect the microphones to each other.

      The BBC started funding Local Democracy reporters locally, so at least I’m not the only one mainly publishing stories about local government in the local area now!


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