WE Hickson’s sage advice to try, try again may not always work – for instance in the case of skydiving.
But in most other cases it rings true.
There’s no need to trawl over the same news again, but if do you want to understand something of the Very Strange and Peculiar Events that befell the project in early 2015 you will need to read earlier posts on this blog. It is of course water under the bridge now, although there are still many BIG questions and opportunities to be explored on Hoylake Promenade. But that’s for another day…
Bigger and better…
By being forced to refocus the attention of the Beacon Steering Group on the town centre, we’re now looking at a much bigger, much better project.
We’re focusing on the potential redevelopment of the large plot of land at the Old Town Hall Chambers. We are ready to ramp the whole project up to another level with a flexible scheme that could deliver a number of options.
We have the property owner on board, a cinema operator (Light Cinema), potential restaurant operators (it’s a secret), an existing long term lease tenancy, other retail tenants, and an opportunity to build a whole new high quality retail, office, residential and leisure space – slap bang in the heart of Hoylake.
Our good friends at ShedKM Architects have developed the plans, which will be made available on this site soon. As local residents they too know how important it is to get this right.
If ever there was an opportunity to kickstart a more sustainable regeneration of Hoylake, this is it.
It’s a Golf Resort, not a bloomin’ Gandalf Resort!
The small matter of a £120 million Golf Resort being planned just the other side of the tracks can’t be ignored.
There are lots of questions of course, from both supporters and objectors: about greenbelt development; about environmental issues; about the business model and, not least, one great big mamma ‘Hoylake heffalump’ of a question that seems to keep cropping up at varying volume; “what incentive is there to send those visitors into Hoylake?”
The real answer to the ‘Hoylake heffalump’ is painfully simple… it is up to the people and businesses of Hoylake to make that happen.
Of course the Golf Resort alone isn’t going to magically transform Hoylake. But that doesn’t mean it won’t benefit Hoylake, period.
With good ideas like this, with clever marketing and promotion of Hoylake, with an improved retail, food and drink offer that draws people out of a five star hotel environment into our little corner of ‘real’ England, it WILL happen.
As for that Promenade… well… another day… but soon.
Its difficult to see how a single screen cinema, with a bistro and high quality restaurant attached, all within a five minute walk of the resort, would not be a big draw?
But if we sit around expecting it to just magically happen, it won’t.
It’s not of course only about golf tourists. Nor is it about a global tournament that comes every eight years and invariably frustrates the dreamers.
It’s also about West Wirral finally having a high quality cinema and arts venue; this project would work without the Golf Resort. It will work despite the Open.
We ARE going to build it.
Will you come?