Some may say that there are only two camps when it comes to Hoylake beach,
Those who want a sandy beach, and
Those who want the grass / salt marsh beach
Admittedly our, Hoylake Beach Community, preference lies with a sandy beach however since this new community group launched in October 2021, our campaign has been very much about a compromise for Hoylake beach and that is at the very heart of our cause.
There are several other beach groups, which we understand can be confusing for the public to know which they feel they should align themselves to.
So we thought, being the new kid on the block, we should explain what we are about.
Hoylake Beach Community are not affiliated with any other group. It was launched in October 2021. We are basically just a nice group of people who have got together because of a common cause, who are following the law and trying to open dialogue with the decision makers at the council.
Our community group are campaigning for the restoration of PART of the beach for recreation & relaxation with the remaining part being left to re-wild for nature and wildlife.
We appreciate that there has to be a balance for people’s mental health and well-being and the needs for the environment. We believe the beach can be a haven for wildlife and nature to thrive, but also for people to utilise for exercise, fresh air - in order to be able to thrive too. This is integral to the future of the human race and the planet.
We have all been through so much in recent years with Covid 19 and the beach was integral to peoples everyday mental and physical well-being. Taking it away in its entirety will have a significantly negative impact on people.
We only use two forms of communication, Facebook ‘Hoylake Beach Community’ and our website www.hoylakebeachcommunity.co.uk. We do not use any other form of social media.
We have purposely chosen to keep our Facebook group closed, however anyone can ask to join. We want to protect this safe space that has been created where our supporters can express their feelings and at times their tears about the state of the beach without criticism.
We have witnessed all to often arguments and division online and we do not condone it.
All our blogs are fact based; we refer readers to videos and articles to back them up. We have never made any personal remarks or attacks on anyone and do not condone this. We will highlight any unfair treatment but always seek to do in a calm and considered manner.
Hoylake is sadly at odds right now and no matter your feelings on the subject we are sure that everyone wants a resolution. This is why compromise has to be the way forward.
So, in future when claims are made there are two sides, remember Hoylake Beach Community is another option.
We acknowledge a recent article written by George Morgan. Hoylake Beach Community was not contacted for a quote, we hope that Mr. Morgan will include us for comment in future articles. If we had been able, our quote would be:
“Hoylake beach has been much loved for the community for over 100 years and there is a lot of passion for its restoration.
Hoylake Beach Community understand the environmental changes happening globally and that we all have a part to play to reduce CO2 emissions and global warming.
Our hope is for a section of the beach to be restored to sand so that residents from across Wirral and beyond can utilise it for recreation and health and well-being purposes.
We are asking for a common sense approach for ALL; wildlife, nature & people. The half mile stretch* of amenity beach we would like equates to less than 1% compared to the Wirral shoreline conservation area. There really has to be a balance of human and environmental needs.
We are in a position to have a holistic view over the situation occurring in Hoylake and can see that compromise is the best way forward for all.
The strength of support recently has been incredible, the petition for an amenity beach increased by c.1,500 signatures in approx. 4 weeks as a direct result of a newsletter delivered to addresses in the vicinity, and currently sits at 13,040 signatures.
We are working hard to try and open a two way dialogue with the council’s decision makers, which to date has unfortunately been unsuccessful.”
*Lifeboat Station to Kings Gap.
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