Hoylake town “is bypassed” by visitors to golf tournament
SOME businesses around the location of the Women’s Open claim they are being left out and the area is “like a ghost town”.
More than 40 local traders have made a complaint saying they had been told to expect thousands of visitors but trade is down.
Les Bell of the Chantilly Tea Rooms said: “If you look outside my shop now it’s like a ghost town. They have killed the business in Hoylake this week. I think it’s been our worst week ever, we may as well have been closed.”
Jo Smith of Seagrass Studio added: “They are directing all the people who are arriving at the station and from the car park up a side street and through a muddy field rather than towards the town.
“People have taken on extra stock and we are all gutted. Even local people are tending to stay away.”
Roy Corke, who owns Spectacle Warehouse, said: “Everyone has thrown time and money at this. But most visitors are arriving at the station and a sign is directing them away from the shops. The town has been totally bypassed.
“Two people from the council came down here yesterday after we complained and admitted they had got it wrong.”
Council leader Phil Davies said the Women’s Open is clearly smaller than the men’s event in 2006. He said the authority had tried to make businesses aware of the changes, adding: “With the weather set to improve I hope to see lots of visitors in West Kirby and Hoylake enjoying our restaurants, bars and shops in the coming days.”