Plans for Hoylake lifeboat museum revealed

image captionThe old station has been empty since October 2008

Plans have been revealed to turn a former Wirral lifeboat station into a museum.

The old Hoylake lifeboat station closed almost two years ago, when the RNLI built a new one along the promenade.

Plans are in place to sell off the building, which is owned by Peel Holdings, and the surrounding land, which is owned by the council.

But councillors and local residents want to stop the plans and see a museum created.

Conservation area

Hoylake councillor Gerry Ellis is leading the call to halt any sell off. He wants the decision to be looked at by the scrutiny committee at its meeting on 14 June.

He said one local resident has some old lifeboats in storage which could form the centrepiece of any museum on the site.

The old lifeboat station stands in the Kings Gap Conservation area.

Founded by the Mersey docks and Harbour Board in 1803, it is one of the oldest on the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland.

Over the years the rescue station has received nine awards for gallantry and has also seen tragedy with nine crew losing their lives saving others at sea.

The new station opened in November 2008, after a fundraising campaign backed by former Hoylake resident and James Bond star Daniel Craig.

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