John H Hutchinson

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
Does WMBC see any benefit in making Hoylake and West Kirby residents aware of the scientific evidence indicating that because the beaches are accreting sand, there is very little if nothing to be gained by attempting to eradicate vegetation growth on the beaches?

Here are just a few of the scientific reports available. There are many more.

NCA 59

England's Historic Seascapes: Liverpool Bay Pilot Area

North West Estuaries Processes Reports - Dee Estuary
clearly setting out the reasons for sand accretion on our beaches being due to construction of a tidal weir at Chester (originally built in 1093), extensive reclamation (c.25% of the original estuary area), construction of coastal defences along the North Wales coast which have reduced alongshore sediment supply, training and dredging of the Crosby Channel in Liverpool Bay, and planting of Spartina which encouraged the development of saltmarshes especially between Parkgate and Heswall and, especially, of the New Cut after 1732 to improve navigation up to Chester.

North West Estuaries Processes Reports - Mersey Estuary

Sand dune processes and management for flood and coastal defence - Part 1: Project overview and recommendations
explains the value of dune systems and accreted sand in flood protection.

The Dee Estuary: Its Progressive Silting and Salt Marsh Development

Should residents be made aware that, particularly at a time of funding restraint, money being spent on the control of beach vegetation is being wasted?

Yours faithfully,

John H Hutchinson

Dalton, Chelsea, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Hutchinson


Thank you for your Freedom of Information Request regarding the
maintenance of Hoylake Beach.


The Council is mindful that there are a number of historic publications
relating to the changing landscape of the Wirral coastline, including
Hoylake Beach. We acknowledge that the challenges relating to the beach
are dynamic and fluid and that any long-term management arrangements will
be subject to compliance with statutory requirements coupled with
extensive and comprehensive stakeholder engagement.


Council Officers are currently working with stakeholders to establish
recommendations for the future of this beach and will be engaging at all
levels with local stakeholders and other statutory bodies including
Natural England, the Environment Agency and the Marine Management
Organisation, in relation to the provision of an overall beach management
plan. This will likely involve the commissioning of new scientific and
ecological surveys, encompassing all the associated issues with Hoylake
Beach to determine sustainable, evidence based solutions as to how we are
best able to protect and develop this much valued asset. 


Thank you again for taking the time to write to the Council regarding this


I trust this will assist you with your enquiries.


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have the right to complain to the information Commissioner,     



Yours sincerely



Chelsea Dalton

Information Management Officer

Wirral Council

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John H Hutchinson

Dear Dalton, Chelsea,

Thank you!

Yours sincerely,

John H Hutchinson