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Demolition works to take place in the New Year

by Gemma Melling

Demolition of the former RSPCA building in Kirkby will take place in the New Year.

The works will start in early January 2021 on the derelict building on Cherryfield Drive.  The building has been empty for a number of years and it would need significant investment to bring it back into use.

The works are expected to take four weeks to complete.

Meanwhile, the regeneration of the town centre continue to progress.  The steelwork for the 45,000 feet2 Morrisons superstore is now complete and steelwork for the new Home Bargains store is underway.  In addition, the cladding, glazing, and roofing work is progressing on the stand-alone units, including a KFC drive-through restaurant and a six-pump Morrisons petrol station.

Planning permission has also been secured for a three-storey, multi-screen cinema complex along with three retail, food and drink outlets.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “The former RSPCA building has been empty for a number of years and would need significant investment to bring it back into use.

Work is continuing in the town centre and it’s so encouraging to see our plans continuing to progress – the town centre us being brought to life despite the challenges of COVID-19 and I’m looking forward to a bright future for Kirkby town centre.”