Updated: Jan 31
We would like to say a massive thank you to our supporters who attended our peaceful gathering on the evening of Monday 15th November in spite of the rain.
We had around 70 supporters from a wide range of ages, from 5 years old to 85 and even some dogs. It was a wonderful community event with friendships made and relationships strengthened and a spirit of togetherness and fun. We had numerous councillors, who were leaving a prior meeting, chatting with supporters and telling us how impressed they are with our campaign.
Some of the group went into the Environment Climate Change & Transport Committee chamber. To demonstrate to the council that Hoylake residents are feeling ignored, the group stood up and turned their backs to Cllr Grey, Chair, when she opened the meeting. It was a dignified silent statement that reflects her ongoing treatment to the people of Hoylake, Meols and West Kirby.
Contrary to some reports on social media, no one spoke and after a short time they returned to their seats. Watch the video here.
Cllr Steve Foulkes said he was not happy with this kind of demonstration and did not want to see this again in a council meeting.
We find Cllr. Foulkes comments disappointing on two counts because one, he is failing to understand the pain and anguish the councils decision is causing to residents of Hoylake. And two, protesting is a valuable part of democracy and the freedom to protest publicly is something we would expect a Labour councillor to wholeheartedly support.
Cllr Foulkes also said ‘that the decision made on Hoylake Beach was a democratic one’. However there has been no democracy when ceasing the raking of the beach and no attempt at consultation with the residents and businesses of Hoylake.
Another comment we’d like to reply to came from Cllr. Grey, who “suggested that some of those protesting wanted to ‘kill nature’ in order to have a sandy Hoylake beach.” Source Wirral Globe website.
This is not the case as Hoylake Beach Community are asking for a compromise. We are capable of seeing that a holistic approach is the best approach for all. There is a place for wildlife, nature and people to co-exist. What we are asking for in size of an amenity beach represents just 1% compared to the whole Wirral foreshore conservation area.
And, just because we would like this section of the beach for recreation and relaxation, it does not mean that we care any less about the planet than the people who are intent on it becoming a salt marsh.
It is essential for people to have outdoor space for exercise, walking, fresh air etc. The balance of peoples health and well being are important to future generations.
Hoylake Beach Community is a friendly group of residents who are tirelessly trying to speak to the council to negotiate part of the beach being restored.
If you are new to our campaign and want the background please read two previously published blogs on our website with video evidence.
These blogs show the council videos with the times you need to watch from for evidence.
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