Why has the Hoylake Golf Resort project been delayed?
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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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