The Wirral Society – Annual Report   2015 – 2016

Report ImageI am pleased to present this Report on behalf of your Executive Committee, summarising some the Society’s activities in this, its 88th year.

March 2015 – February 2016

Your Committee has again worked hard on the Society’s behalf over this past year, to comment on or oppose issues that would affect both the Peninsula overall, or specific sites. Continue reading “The Wirral Society – Annual Report   2015 – 2016”

Response To Hoylake Golf Resort September Presentation

Potential Hoylake Golf Resort LocationThe Wirral Society attended the meeting at Melrose Hall 02/09/2015 where local residents has the opportunity to hear the latest state of the Hoylake Golf Resort proposals from Council representatives.

The Wirral Society are glad that Wirral Council has been considering how to develop Hoylake and the surrounding area.

However we are greatly concerned Continue reading “Response To Hoylake Golf Resort September Presentation”

Pipistrelle Rise, Noctorum Update

Contractor Fined For Destroying Trees In Noctorum

Pipistrelle Rise, Noctorum Map
The area from the original planning application where tree with TPO’s were illegally felled.

In previous editions of Wirral Matters we highlighted the case of an area of Noctorum where a contractor had felled trees despite preservation orders being in place and destroyed the woodland.

We are pleased to report that after almost two years, Wirral Borough Council has succeeded in prosecuting the contractor who was fined the maximum amount for unauthorised tree felling plus costs, amounting to £7819 by District Judge Abelson.

Pipistrelle Rise - Felled Tree
Did somebody mention TPO…?

Whilst this will never bring back the trees or the wildlife it sends a clear message to the public that this type of wanton destruction will not be tolerated by the Community and the courts.  The efforts, perseverance and persistence of both the Borough Council and the resident who first alerted Wirral Society to this unauthorised act of destruction are to be commended.

Pipistrelle-Rise-Bulldozed
Bulldoze and be damned!…..or fined….

We also hope that our subsequent efforts, together with those of Wirral Wildlife, helped to both to raise and maintain the profile of this disgraceful act and to ensure prosecution was not overlooked. The Society is currently trying to establish whether the judgement included any requirement to replant the area and also whether this illegal act will have any bearing on any future Planning Application for development on the land, by this developer.

Although it was a very stressful situation a local resident had the presence of mind to photograph and video the destruction – evidence which proved essential for a successful prosecution.

The full details will be reported in the next Wirral Matters.

Many thanks to Mal Molloy for supplying the photographs on this page and for his vigilance in recording the destruction.