As part of its ambition to complete the regeneration of Kirkby town centre, Knowsley Council has confirmed that it intends to proceed with ground investigation work on pockets of land in and around Kirkby town centre.
The Council is currently in negotiation with St Modwen with a view to purchasing their assets within the town centre and completing the planned redevelopment. Alongside this, the Council has decided to push ahead with preliminary investigations on a number of small sites within their ownership in the immediate area. This includes the site of the former Council building on Cherryfield Drive.
Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration & Economic development; “We have been clear in our ambition to acquire St Modwen’s assets and push forward with the regeneration of the town centre.
“Our vision for Kirkby however has always extended beyond the delivery of a supermarket and improved retail and leisure offer. It’s about the town centre as a whole and therefore given that we are now negotiating with St Modwen, it makes absolute sense for us to complete the work needed to get any additional land we own primed and ready for development. That way, any further development can run alongside or once the retail scheme is complete.
“Our residents have waited long enough to have the town centre they were promised and anything that we can do to accelerate that development, we will do.”
A contract to appoint a relevant specialist to complete this work has now been advertised and the Council is hopeful that the work will commence over the coming weeks. The planned work will include site investigation, topographical surveys (land surface assessments) and other technical assessments.
Once complete, this will pave the way for further developments in the town centre to complement the arrival of Morrisons, Home Bargains, KFC, the cinema and other operators and will further enhance the town centre in the coming years.