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Area Forums
West Wirral Area Forums are held three times per year, alternately in West Kirby and Hoylake. Read the agenda and minutes here.

Area Forum
The next West Wirral meeting is planned for Wednesday 29 June 2011 at 7pm in West Kirby Concourse. Read more

Sail Project Halted (again)
At the Cabinet meeting on 13 Jan 2011, it was resolved that:
  • the Cabinet's sincere appreciation and thanks be expressed to Carpenter Investments , but the Council will not proceed further with this development; and
  • a future Cabinet meeting will discuss options for securing the future enhancement, or reprovision, of the Sailing School, without involving any material net loss of car parking in the vicinity.
Read more.

Sail Project Call-In
The Sail will be discussed by the Council Excellence Overview and Scrutiny Committee at 6.15pm on Monday 22 November 2010, in Committee Room 1, Wallasey Town Hall. All can attend. Read more.

Sail Project Halted
At the Cabinet meeting on 14 Oct 2010, two votes were carried 6:3
(1) against the motion to give Carpenter Investments more time and to delegate decisions to officers and
(2) in favour of the tabled amendment that Carpenter Investments be thanked for their efforts but that their scheme be rejected. Read more.

Area Forum
The next West Wirral meeting is planned for 21 October 2010 at 7.00 pm in Blackhorse Hill Junior School, Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby, CH48 6DR. Read more

Area Forum
The next West Wirral meeting is planned for 2 June 2010 at 7.00 pm in Hoylake

"Have your say" and Area Forum
Wednesday 24 Feb 2010
Westbourne Hall, West Kirby
West Wirral consultation event from 2.00pm until 7.00pm, followed by Area Forum from 7.00pm until 8.00pm.

Libraries Inquiry Report Published
The Report by Sue Charteris has been published, and is available here.
Read more.

Sail Project
The Council's Cabinet, met on Thursday 24 Sep 2009, and decided that the Council should press ahead with the Sail project. Read more.

West Wirral Area Forum
Wed, 14th October, 2009 7.00 pm
Melrose Hall, Melrose Avenue, Hoylake.
This is your chance to question Council Officials and local Councillors and give your views about local issues.

Libraries Inquiry
by Sue Charteris. See here
  • Visit to Hoylake Library: Thurs 21st May 4.00 - 5.00pm.
  • Submissions closing date: Tuesday 26th May.
  • Inquiry at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, Tues 9th June at 9.30am.

Pedestrianisation of the Crescent in West Kirby
Following a petition signed by many of the traders operating within the Crescent, the Council has decided that the pilot pedestrianisation will not proceed for the time being.

Two online petitions against the Sail project have been set up on 15th and 17th April 2009.
Go here for the petition against the loss of parking for marine lake users.
Go here for the petition against the hotel.

Library Closures Suspended by Government on 3rd April - see here

Possible closure of Hoylake Library: A Special Area Forum for West Wirral (Hoylake and Meols, West Kirby and Thurstaston), Greasby, Frankby, Irby, Upton and Woodchurch was held on Wednesday 7th January 2009 at West Kirby Concourse to discuss this and other Council plans - Read more.

The Council Cabinet decided to extend the Sail 'lock-out' agreement with Carpenter Investments for a further three months at the meeting on Wed 10th Dec. Members of the public were excluded from the discussion - Read more.

Aldi The planning application has now been submittted for the Bridge Road store - see here. End of public consultation: 18 Dec 2008.

Re-analysis of the Sail questionnaires have found results considerably different to those reported in the press by Carpenter Investments. Read more.

The West Wirral Area Forum on 28 October 2008 (at Westbourne Hall) included discussion of the regeneration proposals. Mr Jim Wilkie of Wirral Council said that the results of the consultation on echelon parking were: 73% object, 24% support - and the other elements were generally supported.
Concerning the Sail hotel proposal, he said that he will be writing a report for the Council Cabinet, and that the Cabinet will be making a decision before the end of the year. There was show of hands at the forum: 5 were in favour of the proposals, about 200 were against.

Aldi are planning a public exhibition of their plans for the Tudor Cinema site in West Kirby on Thursday 18th September between 4 and 8 pm, at St Andrews Church Hall, Graham Road.

The summer 08 edition of Big Horizens (Wirral Council's investment newsletter) includes sections on the Sail (p6) and the Golf Resort plans (p5). See here.

Updated Council Website & Display of Council Plans

The Council has now updated its website concerning its plans for West Kirby, and announced details of its coming display.

Details of the plans will be on show in the display area opposite the One Stop Shop at West Kirby Concourse from 1st to 13th September. (See the announcement on the BBC website).

The updated pages of the Council website are:
content_0002505.html (West Wirral Regeneration general)
content_0002509.html (West Kirby general)
content_0002507.html (Dee Lane, The Crescent and South Parade proposals).

Relevant documents can be downloaded from links given in the lower right panel of these pages. These include drawings and plans of proposed changes. In particular, a feedback form can be downloaded: feedback form

There is no further information on the Sail hotel proposal.

Correction: this website previously advocated formation of a civic society for West Kirby. In fact the Hoylake and District Civic Society covers West Kirby and Hoylake as well as Caldy, Frankby, Greasby, Meols and Newton - see here.

Action Group: up and running July 2008; currently in standby mode, though the baton for proper consultation is now being carried, to some effect, by the West Kirby Working Group - see

The Kings Gap Hotel in Hoylake has been purchased by the Sanguine Group and will be completely remodelled with a new-build element with 96 rooms and suites, and an underground car park. See LDP Business article.

Plans for redevelopment of West Kirby Concourse appeared on the Christopher Rodgers website in late June. See here. These plans include a multi-storey car park ...[more]

Plans for a Golf Resort near Hoylake:
There will be an informal meeting to discuss these plans, open to all Wirral residents, community and environmental groups, etc., on Wednesday 2nd July at 7pm in the Function Room at West Kirby Concourse.

There will be a public exhibition of the Sail proposals on 26th/27th/28th June 2008 at 11am to 7pm at West Kirby Concourse ...[more]

The BBC Politics show on 15 June included interviews with Alan Beer and Colin Hawksworth.
See here for full interview

West Kirby was featured in a Times property column on 2nd May - see Times article.

The Liverpool Daily Post reported on 1st May 2008 that Hilbre High School students will shortly be consulted by Carpenter Investments - see here

An online discussion forum has been launched at

The minutes from the Local Area Forum of 19th Feb 2008 were published at

This website aims to
  • give information on plans for the future of West Kirby and Hoylake
  • assist Wirral Council's efforts to involve local people in decision making.

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About us

Many local residents feel they are not fully informed about the Council's plans, and are not being properly consulted about proposed developments.

We are a group of residents of the West Kirby and Hoylake area who believe that major developments in the area should be fully discussed with its residents. We are very grateful for all the contributions received from various sources.

The objective of this website is to provide information. We would like any proposed developments to be fully discussed so that all the pros and cons can be aired, so that a sensible consensus can be achieved.

We are encouraging everyone interested in the various possible developments to join the local Civic Society, where we are hoping that a strengthened membership will be able to discuss the issues and work constructively with the Council. Details on how to join are on