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Express your opinion on the public consultation of the management plan for Hoylake Beach

Posted: Jun 27, 2022 1:37 PM

Residents of the Wirral Peninsula and visitors who enjoy Hoylake Beach are invited to comment on how best to manage it in the future

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Do you enjoy recreation at Hoylake Beach? Do you have any ideas on how the changing landscape should be handled in the future? Wirral’s advice wants you to have your say.

Public consultation on the future management of Hoylake Beach is due to begin this week. This next step in the development of a new beach management plan is approaching with the launch of a first public consultation exercise.

This six-week consultation process will begin on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 and will continue until Wednesday, August 10.

Residents and stakeholders will be invited to complete a questionnaire that will seek to learn how people use and view the beach currently and to obtain their feedback on how best to manage it in the future.

An independent ecology and geomorphology survey, carried out last summer and published earlier this year, explains how Hoylake Beach could change – in terms of beach levels and habitat development – over the next 50 years due to natural coastal processes and the effects of sea level rise resulting from climate change.

The findings of this report, together with a discretionary advice document from Natural England and other relevant information which will help inform the consultation exercise, can be found – alongside the online questionnaire which people will be asked to fill in – on the Wirral Council consultation website, haveyoursay.wirral.gov.uk

In addition to online information, residents and stakeholders will also have the opportunity to speak with officers in person to get background information and have their questions answered about the process for developing the new beach management plan. .

These events will take place at the Hoylake Community Center on:-

  • Tuesday July 12 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday July 13 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday July 14 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday July 15 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Although the Wirral Council encourages as many people as possible to complete the questionnaire online, hard copies will be made available to those who request them. An easy-to-read version of the questionnaire will also be available. The link to book one of the sessions listed above will also be on the consultation webpage.

The results of this consultation will assist in the development of objectives and a range of options for the long-term sustainable future management of Hoylake Beach. There will be further consultation on a short list of options before councilors agree on the preferred beach management plan.

The plan will be subject to a Habitat Regulatory Assessment (HRA). For it to receive Natural England’s consent, the management activities envisaged in the HRA must align with Natural England’s nature conservation objectives for the North Wirral Foreshore Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

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