Local John Parr is organising a public meeting to discuss the future of the old Hoylake Lifeboat Station. It has been announced this week that the council is aiming to sell the car park and current owners Peel Holdings want to sell the building at market rates. John Parr writes:
PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS POTENTIAL HOYLAKE LIFEBOAT MUSEUM
Please note that this meeting will take place on TUESDAY EVENING, 30th NOVEMBER at 7PM IN HOYLAKE COMMUNITY CENTRE, HOYLE ROAD, HOYLAKE. PLEASE COME ALONG TO EXPRESS YOUR VIEWS AND HEAR WHAT IS BEING PROPOSED.
The old Victorian Lifeboat Station will soon be sold. The owners of the site, Peel Ports who bought the Mersey Docks & Harbour Company, want to sell rather than continue the pepper-corn rent enjoyed by the RNLI since 1894. That is their prerogative, no argument. The Council have also previously indicated that they will sell the adjoining triangle of land at the bottom of Alderley Road as part of the overall sale. THIS DECISION IS NOW BEING RETURNED FOR REVIEW BY THE COUNCIL AND IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD.
We understand that the most likely buyer of the site and land wishes to turn it into a carpet warehouse, which raises the spectre of furniture vans and commercial traffic on Hoylake promenade. I have no argument with the carpet company but such a move would undoubtedly be challenged post sale at the Planning Stage and be controversial.
WE HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SOMETHING FOR OUR COMMUNITY BUT TIME IS SHORT.
The station is designed to house a lifeboat. It has the potential to be a Lifeboat Museum….maybe more. Ideas and suggestions are welcome. We need to see what the people of Hoylake would like and what they will support. IN ANTICIPATION, AN OFFER HAS BEEN SUBMITTED TO PEEL PORTS OFFERING THEM WHAT THEY WOULD HAVE RECEIVED UNDER THE CARPET WARHOUSE OFFER. WE HOPE PEEL PORTS WILL SEE THIS AS A WIN-WIN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM AND FOR HOYLAKE.
A Public Meeting will be held on Tuesday next, 30th November at 7pm in Hoylake Community Centre, Hoyle Road. The Community Centre itself is a fantastic example of what our people can do. Please try to get along. I can be contacted on “firstname.lastname@example.org”
Thanks for your interest and support – John Parr, ex-Hazel Road, Hoylake