Margaret Greenwood MP urges council to listen to public opinion on golf resort

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09 Dec 2017
Margaret Greenwood, MP for Wirral West, has urged Wirral Council to listen to public opinion on their proposals for a golf resort in Hoylake following a public meeting.

The meeting was called by Ms Greenwood so that local people could have their say and so that alternative ideas could be discussed.

There were presentations by Hoylake Village Life on an alternative for an eco-golf resort, wildfowl and wetland centre, and by the Stop Hoylake Golf Resort Action Group. The meeting was also attended by the leader of Wirral Council, Cllr Phil Davies, and Head of Regeneration and Planning, David Ball, who updated the meeting on their proposals. People were given the chance to speak from the floor and ask questions of the presenters.

Margaret Greenwood said:

“I was really pleased so many people came along to share their ideas.

“I am grateful to all those who came to present to the meeting, and to Colin Leeman for chairing the meeting.

“I have previously expressed concerns about the lack of detailed information on the proposed resort, particularly around the residential aspect which would see over 150 executive homes built. There is still no clear plan of where those houses would be built.

“Furthermore, the resort is proposed for an area that is liable to flood in wet weather. This would have implications for people living in any new homes, as well as for people living in surrounding areas.

“I also have concerns over environmental factors such as how the resort would impact on several different wildlife species and of course the loss of green belt land. I have been consulting with wildlife groups on this. I believe it is important to protect the green belt for the quality of life it brings.

“I put a call out for residents to contact me with their views and I have received hundreds of letters and emails from constituents who do not want the golf resort to go ahead.

“I have only received around 20 letters and emails in support of the proposed resort.

“This suggests public opinion is against the resort and I would urge the council to recognise this.

“Over the coming week I will be collating the questions and comments I’ve received from constituents on the matter and presenting them in writing to the council.

“While MPs don’t have a role in local planning processes, I think it is really important that people are given the opportunity to express their views and that their concerns are given the consideration they deserve. These are significant proposals that, if they go ahead, would change the face of Hoylake and the surrounding area.

“People care about the local environment. It really is important that any plans that are developed are right for Wirral West.”