Come on board…
Is the current stalemate with nature sustainable? Or is it a costly approach, ultimately damaging the environment, as well as the local economy and community cohesion?
HVL support a project proposal by Hoylake Vision Community Planning Forum, in conjuction with the University of Liverpool, to undertake an initial research project which will revisit the report referred to earlier. This will look at which, if any, of the recommendations made in that report in 2000, are still relevant and could be undertaken, as well as any new activities that would prove helpful now. We certainly need more data and evidence to support any decision making about the future of Hoylake beach.
We hope this research project will be supported by the wider public as well as by our ward councillors and officers of the council.
Do you agree with us that we all need more information? Do you agree that we need a longer term vision? Do you agree that the ongoing, seemingly endless battle with Spartina is only a small and increasingly irrelevant part of the story, while the bigger picture of long term coastal processes is “hidden in plain sight”?
Have you got other ideas?
One thing is clear: it’s time for a conversation; time for ideas and, importantly, it’s time for the facts.
HVL have consulted with specialists in coastal management, design and planning with a view to inviting them to join in the conversations and help us to better understand our beach and what we can do with it in a more sustainable and positive way forward. Will you join in the conversation? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the form below to subscribe to our mailing list:
This is not an academic research document; rather a proposal for a more joined-up approach to beach management that is informed by evidence and data rather than political or public opinion.
Here are some of the main sources of information and reference used during the production of this document.
- Scottish Natural Heritage Guide to managing coastal erosion in beach/dune systems 2.2. Short term dune evolution processes
- DEFRA Sand dune processes and management for flood and coastal defence R&D Technical Report FD 1302/TR May 2007
- DEFRA Sand dune processes and management for flood and coastal defence Part 3: The geomorphological and management status of coastal dunes in England and Wales
- Macauley Land Use research Institute
- Metropolitan Borough of Wirral (2000) The Beaches at West Kirby and Hoylake, Wirral Council, Wallasey.
- Wirral Council Hoylake Beach site management agreement September 2010
- Wirral Council Coastal Strategy www.wirral.gov.uk/my-services/council-and-democracy/have-your-say/ consultations/current-consultations/ coastal-strategy-phase-2
- DEFRA www.defra.gov.uk/environment/natural/biodiversity/uk/offsetting/
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