BBC Documentary investigating how developers are using golf as a smokescreen to build
massive luxury resorts causing negative effects on the local environment.
Now I am a keen supporter of regeneration and in Wirral we have our fair share of areas of deprivation, undeveloped and derelict places that are desperately in need of revitalisation, which for some reason are either ignored or forgotten about, but I am very concerned with grand schemes that come with huge promises and an equally huge price tag for which the tax paying residents may be liable for funding.
Putting aside the detriment to the natural environment and local amenities for a second, which always seem to suffer from these type of projects, (the building of expensive houses on the green belt, and the fact that these type of developments lend themselves to exclusivity and are designed to keep patrons on site and not in the local communities), I question its value to the people of Wirral.
Last year we had, in Eastham, a long and upsetting time for the local residents who were in opposition to the building of an oil re-refinery close to the country park by a company called Hydrodec.
After entering into a lease agreement with Peel Holdings they relocated the local football pitch some distance away and managed to remove a local small farm from its location. The Eastham fight back group along with the local councillors fought against this development which caused many locals to try to sell their houses and move as the prices dropped.
It transpired that after huge upset and lengthy battles it was found that the company director of Hydrodec UK had no capitol to invest and had been a Director of over twenty companies in less than as many years and I am pleased to say that this development has not so far gone ahead despite it being taken to central government and being declared a project of national significance. Thus effectively taking it out of the control of local council planning and away from the continued opposition from Eastham’s Councillors.
Below is an very interesting piece posted by Stop Hoylake Golf Resort page on facebook
( I am sure they will not mind me reproducing it here, but if so please contact me and I will remove it )
1. Nicklaus Joint Venture Group was incorporated on 9 September 2014 with £1000 of share capital. It has five directors.
According to Company Check Ltd, (https://companycheck.co.uk)
there has been no Net Cash Flow since incorporation.
2. One Director holds 825 £1 shares.
He is Director of 4 companies, has resigned from 11 and held 10 appointments at 10 dissolved companies.
One of his companies, Carms Construction Ltd, which built the luxury housing development on the Machynys Peninsula Golf Club resort, was liquidated on March 8 2012 with liabilities of £600k.
The same director is also behind plans to bring a four-star 125-bedroom Hilton Hotel to Llanelli, but, 4 years later, it has not been built.
The total current net worth of all his businesses (Carms Construction Ltd, Loughor Investments Ltd, Machynys Peninsula Golf & Country Club Ltd, NJVG Ltd) equals £2.2m.
3. Another Director holds 25 Shares in NJVG and holds 2 appointments at 2 active companies.
The total current net worth of all his businesses (Iwan Rees Accountancy Ltd, NJVG Ltd) equals £6.8k.
4. Another Director (an Executive Vice President of Nicklaus Design) holds Zero Shares in NJVG.
It occurs to me that, once again, we may be entering into Hydrodec take two, or the Chinese investor Stella Shui’ international trade centre etc. for which there seems to be an ever growing list of where money is spent with absolutely no benefit to the borough’s residents.
To date the cost Wirral Council will have spent on this venture is close to one million pounds to assess the projects viability, money not recoverable should it fail to go ahead, and given the financial problems the council faces from from this Conservative Governments unprecedented cuts the question has to be asked what other services could this money have been better spent on?