Removal of Grass and vegetation on Hoylake beach

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
I would be grateful for a swift response on the following issues :-

1.Some beaches on the Wirral seem to have been left to allow growth of grass and vegation ie Hoylake beach and yet others are raked and cleared ie New Brighton regularly from Spring to Autumn? Why if this a a biodiversity issue are all beaches on Wirral not treated with a uniform policy? What is the current policy please?

2.If they are all not being raked and sprayed as is what is happening in for Hoylake and West Kirby then why are these beaches treated differently? which beaches are being singled out to be left and why?

3. What plans re there to clear an area of amenity beach in Hoylake to allow its use by residents and visitors and if so when will this happen?

4. Why is the SSSI status of Hoylake and West Kirby beaches being used to justify them being allowed to turn back into marshland against majority residents wishes when all beaches on the Wirral have the same status ? Why single out one or two beaches?

Yours faithfully,
Nicola Verkade

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please respond to my FOI request made on 3rd February in reference to Removal of Grass and Vegetation on Hoylake beach? I should of heard back by 3rd March but haven't so would appreciate a quick response please?

Yours faithfully,

Nicola Verkade

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Nicola Verkade

 

Thank you for your recent enquiry regarding vegetation on Hoylake beach.
Please see below our response to your request.

 

1.Some beaches on the Wirral seem to have been left to allow growth of
grass and vegation ie Hoylake beach and yet others are raked and cleared
ie New Brighton regularly from Spring to Autumn? Why if this a a
biodiversity issue are all beaches on Wirral not treated with a uniform
policy? What is the current policy please?

 

No mechanical raking or clearing has taken place at New Brighton over the
winter, the council’s current beach management agreement with Natural
England specifies Summer season only.  The Council’s current beach
cleaning plan for all the beaches expires on 31^st March 2021. An ongoing
plan has yet to be agreed.

 

2.If they are all not being raked and sprayed as is what is happening in
for Hoylake and West Kirby then why are these beaches treated differently?
which beaches are being singled out to be left and why?

 

The beaches are managed according to individual needs and circumstances. 
The environment is very different at different locations around the coast.
The only beach where spraying has taken place is Hoylake. 

 

3. What plans re there to clear an area of amenity beach in Hoylake to
allow its use by residents and visitors and if so when will this happen?

 

Plans are not in place at present for the future management of Hoylake
Beach.  Due to the high level of interest in Hoylake, Wirral Council is
about to embark on a public communications and engagement plan this
spring.  This will be publicised via the Council’s website.  Its aim will
be to reach as many people as possible, for comment and interaction with
the latest information.

 

4. Why is the SSSI status of Hoylake and West Kirby beaches being used to
justify them being allowed to turn back into marshland against majority
residents wishes when all beaches on the Wirral have the same status ? Why
single out one or two beaches?

 

Wirral Council needs to consider individual needs and circumstances at
different locations.  Advice from Natural England, the government’s
regulator for SSSIs, has to be taken into account.  Although the coast is
all designated SSSI, the environment is different at different locations
around the coast.  The amount and type of sediment build up, the habitat
for birds, and vegetation growth varies. 

 

We trust this information is of interest to you.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Principal Information Management Officer

Wirral Council

PO Box 290
Brighton Street
Wallasey
CH27 9FQ

 

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