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Welcome to the Information Website about the North West Resorts of Hoylake, West Kirby and Meols on the Wirral Peninsula.

Hoylake was home to the 2006 British Open where Tiger Woods won the 135th British Open Championship at The Royal Liverpool Golf Club on Meols Drive.

These seaside villages are located at the northern tip of the Wirral Peninsula.
Hoylake,West Kirby & Meols are blessed with miles of beaches, promenades, Parks,Bowling Greens, Tennis,Golf, Horse Riding,Windsurfing and Sailing on the salt water Marine Lake and Sand Yachting. On a clear day, one can see the Blackpool Tower on the horizon.
Take a stroll along the promenades and watch the local fishermen at work.

The Wirral area is known as the "Leisure Peninsula" it being surrounded on three sides by water, the Irish Sea, the River Mersey and the River Dee.

The Viking settlers landed their boats here in 902AD and their influence is still evident. Liverpool the European Capital of Culture 2008 is only a twenty minute drive away or 30 minutes by the Mersey Rail Electric Railway.
The Roman city of Chester and the beauty of North Wales being 30 mins drive away.

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2006 Archive News

The Red Arrows thrill the crowds Aug 29 2006 - Daily Post
Record crowds turned out along part of the Wirral coast to see the Red Arrows perform as part of a massive fundraising event for the RNLI.
The Hoylake and West Kirby Lifeboat Day has become one of Wirral's most popular events and organisers said it had
surpassed itself once again. Around 40,000 people lined the promenade at Hoylake to see the spectacular airshow, as well as dozens of other attractions.
 Organiser Carole Jackson said it had been another successful open day for the lifeboat station and the atmosphere was "buzzing".She said: "During the Red Arrows display you couldn't stick a pin between people as they lined the promenade, from Kings Gap right through to Meols.
"At around noon there was a lot of traffic on the M53 and a bit of a hold-up, but a lot of people came by train.
"Many I spoke to said they had come to the Open at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club by train and realised how easy it was, so they came by train this time."Although the weather turned out fine for the main events of the day, early poor weather meant the Ince Blundell Flying Club's microlites did not make it.
The Open Golf Will Be Back - By Kate Mansey, Liverpool Echo - 21st July 2006
The Open Golf Championship will definitely return to Wirral, tournament officials have confirmed.
Hoylake's Royal Liverpool Golf Club is now back on track to hold more regular Open Championships after the Royal and
Ancient (R&A) declared this week's event a success. R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said: "We'll be back.
"We've seen absolutely nothing yet which would indicate other than that we'll be back. "The crowds and the general
anticipation of the event here in the north west has been quite unprecedented."
The historic course sawa 39-year gapfrom hosting the tournament that attracts players and fans from all over the world. But now it is back on the list of nine venues chosen by the R&A to host the Open. Golf experts pick each course four years in advance, meaning Hoylake could see the Championship return as early as 2013.
Mr Dawson said: "There has never been any doubt this is one of our very best links courses, but many logistics had to be clarified."Now these have been resolved we're delighted Royal Liverpool is returning to the list of Open venues.Chief Superintendent Colin Matthews, in charge of operations for the Open, said: "So far the Open has been tremendous and there have only been a handful of minor instances that we've dealt with quickly."
No Driving on our Beaches - Police ban cars and motor bikes from the beaches during the Golf week
Television executives visit Hoylake 14th March 2006
Wintery Conditions hit our resort towns. 5th March 2006
Incredible but true, it's the first week of March and it's snowing in our local towns. Click here to see some views.
Body of a 58 year old man found in Meols 28th February 2006
The body of a man was discovered in a motor camper vehicle at a caravan park in Park Lane, Meols on 28th February 2006. After investigations by Merseyside Police, the death is not being treated as suspicious and a post
mortem has revealed that the man died from natural causes. The 58 year old man was from Prescot, Liverpool and his
relatives have been informed.
Road Signage - 22nd February 2006 Sign of the times as Open golf date draws near.
Highway experts in Wirral have started work on the largest overhaul of road signage the borough has ever seen. More
than 300 road signs are being upgraded or replaced as part of a £70,000 initiative. Signs with directions, warnings and
speed limit information are all being reviewed as part of the exercise.
 The overhaul is aimed at improving road safety, reducing pavement clutter and ensuring that motorists will be able to
find their way around Wirral easily - in readiness for The Open Championship in Hoylake this summer.
Director of technical services at Wirral Council David Green said: "Schemes that improve road safety are a high priority
for this council."The Open Championship will see thousands more motorists on Wirral's roads making their way to the event at Royal Liverpool Golf Club this July."Many will be unfamiliar with the local area - and we've carried out this review of signage to make sure drivers can find their way about as safely as possible."We want motorists to be clear about the speed limit and alerted to any potential hazards, such as bends in the road. "We've also used this exercise as an opportunity to tidy up our pavements, and remove redundant signs."
 
The scheme covers all priority routes in Wirral. Key 'A' roads that have already been reviewed and improved include
Birkenhead Road, Market Street, Meols Drive, Grange Road, Column Road, Telegraph Road, Barnston Road and
Brimstage Road.
Over the coming weeks traffic officers will be concentrating their efforts on main roads in Birkenhead and Wallasey.
Faded and damaged signs are being replaced with those using the latest reflective materials. This reduces the need for
illuminated signs and improves the council's energy efficiency.
Wherever possible, separate signs are being merged on to a single column. This minimises clutter along Wirral's
pavements, and reduces the risk of signs creating an obstruction.

Small victory in Ingimund battle 25 January 2006
Birkenhead News
 
Key figures met last week to discuss plans to capitalise on Wirral's Viking heritage.
As exclusively reported by Wirral News Group in July 2004, local history enthusiasts in conjunction with Wirral Council
are backing the Wirral Viking Heritage Project, a four-part proposal, which includes plans for a Viking statue,
interpretation centre, heritage trail and annual pilgrimage to Chester.
And at the meeting arranged by Wirral West MP Stephen Hesford, it was decided to push forward with the first part of
the scheme - a statue of Ingimund, the Viking who led the peninsula's first settlements in 902 at Meols.
Said Mr Hesford: "The absolute first priority is getting the statue up. "If we can realise this, it will provide the essential
catalyst for the whole project."
 
The statue will be similar to ones of Viking Leif Erikson which already overlook the waterfronts of Trondheim, Norway;
Brattahlid, Iceland and Seattle.
Costings have already been received from the manufacturer in the USA who cast the other statues - £35,000 for the
statue, £5,000 for a base and £5,000 transport - and now campaigners are turning their attentions to rasing the funds.
Merseyside Waterfront Regional Park has been approached as possible funders and the community is also being asked to
contribute.
 
As well as Mr Hesford and representatives of Wirral Council, members of Hoylake and West Kirby Gardens and Open
Spaces, Viking expert Professor Steve Harding and members of English Heritage were also present.
Said Professor Harding: "English Heritage were very enthusiastic about what we showed them and also made some very
good suggestions for the proposal.
"The proposal has four stages but they suggested that, as part of the trail, we have a community archaeological dig and
this was well received by everyone."
Further details of the proposals at www. nottingham. ac.uk

Hoylake Revamp for the Open is to be Postponed 24th January 2006
The second phase of the £1.4m revamp of Hoylake town centre ahead of the Open Golf championship in July has been
postponed.
Pressure from local businesses, residents and ward councillors has forced the council to shelve the plans until August
after it was thought "too risky" that the area would "look like a building site" as the eyes of the world turn on to the
borough.
Director of technical services David Green said the risk of the work not being completed in time was too great and they
had taken the decision to put off the work until the tournament had been completed.
Mr Green said contractors had said they would do their best but could not guarantee the work would be completed.
He said: "Phase 1A has not gone fantastically well. The priority is to get that phase completed."
He said plans to resurface the roads, which will mean Market Street being closed for five consecutive Sundays starting
next month, would also have made completing further works more difficult.
Mr Green said: "There would be too much going on in terms of Phase 1A. It was just too risky to be honest.
"It could be deemed disappointing. It would be nice to have it looking its best, but that has to be balanced against the
risk of it looking like a building site."
He said the fact that the work would still be completed after the tournament demonstrated to the people of Hoylake the
council's commitment to regenerating the area.
He said: "Even when the golf has gone we are spending £1.4m on these improve-ments." Local councillor Gerry Ellis said
he was pleased at the authority's decision to delay the work.
He said: "The first stage was a disaster because so many things went wrong with it, and people have been appalled at the
way it was left, and they over-ran by two months.
"None of the contractors the council spoke to was able to say they would finish before the middle of June, with the
possibility of it over-running right into the Open in July.
"We did not want Hoylake to look like a building site, and it was my view the work should be postponed. It will be
wonderful when it is finished, but there have been so many snags.
"We have to concentrate on getting snags from Phase 1A cleared up first."
By Liam Murphy,Daily Post
 
Park & Ride Sites Now Identified 2nd January 2006
Traffic information for The Open Championship
Visitors to The Championship are advised to travel by train wherever possible, however, for those choosing to travel by
car, park and ride facilities will be provided.
Park and ride sites
The Royal & Ancient Golf Club have organised two official public park and ride sites. They will both be in the Saughall
Massie area – one located off Heron Road and another off Pump Lane.
Heron Road car park
Traffic will be directed to this park and ride site via the M53 Junction 2, Moreton Spur, Upton Bypass, Saughall Massie
Road, and Saughall Massie Bypass.
A bus service will then shuttle spectators to Royal Liverpool Golf Course heading via Birkenhead Road and Market Street
to a drop off point in King’s Gap.
Pump Lane car park
Traffic will be directed to this park and ride site via M53 Junction 3, Woodchurch Road, Arrowe Park Road, Upton
Bypass and Greasby Road.
The bus service will operate along Saughall Massie Road, Black Horse Hill and Grange Road, stopping at a drop off point
on Meols Drive. These buses will return along Frankby Road.
Traffic will be directed via colour-coded signs from the motorway network.
Two different sites and routes have been chosen to distribute traffic evenly and serve the different public entrances to
the course.
Sections of the route from the M53 to the park and ride sites will be controlled to ensure access.
Similarly, in the interest of safety and to reduce congestion, parking along park and ride routes to and from the golf
course will be restricted.
Meols Drive will remain open to traffic.
Reserved parking arrangements
A third park and ride site will be located off Birkenhead Road.
Traffic will be directed to this facility by Junction 1 on the M53 via Bidston Bypass and Hoylake Road into Birkenhead
Road.
There will be a number of other parking areas near to the course to accommodate people with disabilities, officials and
other event associated traffic.
Road improvements in the Hoylake area
This year’s road maintenance programme includes an additional £500,000 to transform the condition of key routes to
and from Hoylake, in preparation for The Open Championship. The following roads and pavements are currently being
upgraded.
 Road schemes
Dee Lane Kings Gap Morpeth Road Drummond Road Cable Road Airlie Road Anglesey Road Birkenhead Road
Pavement schemes Kings Gap Morpeth Road Meols Drive
Drummond Road Airlie Road Anglesey Road
Hoylake Station is being refurbished by Merseytravel to provide a showcase for The Championship with particular focus
on improvements to the booking hall, replacing windows and improving the waiting rooms whilst being sympathetic to
the history of the station and its Listed Building status.
The Southbound platform used for both inbound and outbound services, will be extended by 20ft and widened.
A temporary foot-bridge will be constructed over the track at Hoylake to allow access to the car park where there will be
additional toilet facilities.