Footpaths to be closed during Open Championship

Footpaths to be closed during Open Championship

Footpaths to be closed during Open Championship

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Several footpaths are to be closed to the public during the Open Golf Championship.

Wirral Council said that, in consultation with event organisers and their Health and Safety advisers, a decision has been taken to close the paths from Tuesday, July 8, to Wednesday, July 23, to allow the tournament to take place.

The pathways affected are the shared use footpath/cycleway from Station Road, Hoylake, to Anglesey Road, West Kirby, which runs alongside the railway line, the footpath from Meols Drive to the Railway, and the footpath from Pinfold Lane to Hoylake beach.

Staff based at the council’s Hoylake office in the Town Hall Chambers, Market Street, can provide detailed information on general traffic management plans and deal with any specific enquiries.

Call 0151 691 8650 for further information.

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11:11am Wed 9 Jul 14

uncatom says...

Wirral council said that in consultation with event organisers and their Health and safety advisors, this seems a bit unclear is it the organisers H&S advisors or the councils H&S advisors ? or is just being used as a ploy to segregate the event from the none paying public ?
Wirral council said that in consultation with event organisers and their Health and safety advisors, this seems a bit unclear is it the organisers H&S advisors or the councils H&S advisors ? or is just being used as a ploy to segregate the event from the none paying public ? uncatom
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11:43am Wed 9 Jul 14

Llamedos 1 says...

Tom, I would like to ask the question...."can they just, off their own bat, close a designated footpath"?
Tom, I would like to ask the question...."can they just, off their own bat, close a designated footpath"? Llamedos 1
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12:40pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Growl Tiger says...

A public ROW (Right of Way) can only be diverted or closed through a legal process. This requires a notice to be placed in a local paper and at both ends of the pathway. At least 28 days must be allowed for objections. However, in an emergency an authority can close a ROW without any notice.
A public ROW (Right of Way) can only be diverted or closed through a legal process. This requires a notice to be placed in a local paper and at both ends of the pathway. At least 28 days must be allowed for objections. However, in an emergency an authority can close a ROW without any notice. Growl Tiger
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2:03pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Llamedos 1 says...

Hi Tiger....thanks for that info.......I wonder if WBC has gone through the correct procedures. And I cant imagine that a golf tournament would be considered to be an emergency. I am not against the Open but I do object to WBC using it as an excuse to come up with all sorts of alterations to the council tax payers daily routines to accommodate the whims of highly paid sports persons.
Hi Tiger....thanks for that info.......I wonder if WBC has gone through the correct procedures. And I cant imagine that a golf tournament would be considered to be an emergency. I am not against the Open but I do object to WBC using it as an excuse to come up with all sorts of alterations to the council tax payers daily routines to accommodate the whims of highly paid sports persons. Llamedos 1
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3:06pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Growl Tiger says...

It’s a pleasure Llamedos. Having battled with WBC over a ROW issue I have become an “amateur boffin” on the subject. I don’t live near any of the closed footpaths so cannot comment on whether the council followed the correct procedures. Maybe someone who does live near them can enlighten us.
They have screened off the borders along Stanley road to stop anyone having a free peek so being cynical about anything the council does I would suspect the closure has more to do with keeping out the proletariat than H&S.
We must allow our elitist council their little pleasures!
It’s a pleasure Llamedos. Having battled with WBC over a ROW issue I have become an “amateur boffin” on the subject. I don’t live near any of the closed footpaths so cannot comment on whether the council followed the correct procedures. Maybe someone who does live near them can enlighten us. They have screened off the borders along Stanley road to stop anyone having a free peek so being cynical about anything the council does I would suspect the closure has more to do with keeping out the proletariat than H&S. We must allow our elitist council their little pleasures! Growl Tiger
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3:38pm Wed 9 Jul 14

hildebrand says...

I live just off one of these paths. It's a huge event, can't see the issue with closing a few footpaths for a week or so to help organisers, there are other routes you can use, and replacement buses for the train. And if you can point out one Proletarian living in Hoylake or West Kirby, I'll eat my flat cap.
I live just off one of these paths. It's a huge event, can't see the issue with closing a few footpaths for a week or so to help organisers, there are other routes you can use, and replacement buses for the train. And if you can point out one Proletarian living in Hoylake or West Kirby, I'll eat my flat cap. hildebrand
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7:04pm Wed 9 Jul 14

uncatom says...

Llamedos, thank you for the confirmation just as I thought, the old H&S chestnut to negate any challenge to their actions, I would like to see the risk assessments that support the closure of the footpaths on H&S grounds.
Llamedos, thank you for the confirmation just as I thought, the old H&S chestnut to negate any challenge to their actions, I would like to see the risk assessments that support the closure of the footpaths on H&S grounds. uncatom
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7:06pm Wed 9 Jul 14

uncatom says...

uncatom wrote:
Llamedos, thank you for the confirmation just as I thought, the old H&S chestnut to negate any challenge to their actions, I would like to see the risk assessments that support the closure of the footpaths on H&S grounds.
Sorry Growl Tiger, I meant thank you for confirmation.
[quote][p][bold]uncatom[/bold] wrote: Llamedos, thank you for the confirmation just as I thought, the old H&S chestnut to negate any challenge to their actions, I would like to see the risk assessments that support the closure of the footpaths on H&S grounds.[/p][/quote]Sorry Growl Tiger, I meant thank you for confirmation. uncatom
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