Plans to turn a former lifeboat station in Hoylake into a cinema and restaurant have been unveiled by a community group.
The ambitious ‘Beacon’ centre would see the original building retained within the development with an extension to house a single screen cinema with associated café/bistro, restaurant and art exhibition/display space.
The site of the old lifeboat building on the North Parade is currently home to Hoylake Lifeboat Museum and, as stated on the Beacon project website, the plans have the support of James Bond actor and Hoylake community cinema patron, Daniel Craig.
Hazel Langley, the chairman of Hoylake Lifeboat Museum, said that the trustees of the museum have only recently been made aware of the project and have had “no input” regarding the proposals as they stand.
She said: “When we were advised of the project, it was put to us that the museum would continue to operate as an integral part of the centre. As such, we were supportive.
“However, we are very practical people who know the conditions on the promenade extremely well, and, given the fact that there appears to be no finance in place, and, no formal application has been made for planning permission, we intend to continue with our work at the museum and not rely on the fulfilment of this scheme for the museum’s future.”