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Let's talk about Kirkby

Let’s talk about Kirkby

by Gemma Melling

The Government has allocated £19.5m to Kirkby (under the Long-Term Plan for Towns Fund) to be spent on locally-determined priorities over the next 10 years.

As part of the Government’s requirements, a new Town Board was established.  The Town Board is chaired by Max Steinberg CBE DL and includes a number of local and regional representatives, including businesses and residents.  The Board’s first role is to lead on the development of the Long-Term Plan for Kirkby.

Guidance from the Government suggests that the investment should be spent on three broad themes:-

  • Safety and Security;
  • High Streets, Heritage, and Regeneration; and,
  • Transport and Connectivity.

The Kirkby Town Board wants to start a dialogue with residents, businesses, and visitors to Kirkby around their views and aspirations to help to shape the Long-Term Plan for the town for the next 10 years.  This is the beginning of the conversation and engagement with residents.

Members of the Town Board and Council staff will be available at the following drop-in events taking place over the coming weeks:-

Wednesday 26 June 2024          10.30am to 3.30pm

Volair Kirkby Leisure Centre

Saturday 29 June          12 noon to 3pm

Morrisons, Irlam Drive

Wednesday 3 July         9.30am to 3.30pm

Volair Kirkby

The Town Board is also keen to speak with community groups across Kirkby.  If you are part of a community, voluntary, faith or social group and would like to share your views, please email KirkbyTownBoard@knowsley.gov.uk to request a meeting.

If you are unable to meet the Board in person, you can share your views online here.  Paper copies of this survey are also available at Kirkby Library, the Knowsley Family Hub at the Pride Centre, and Volair Kirkby Leisure Centre.

Max Steinberg CBE DL, Chairperson of the Kirkby Town Board, said, “This is an exciting time for Kirkby and we are now inviting local people to share their views and aspirations for the town in order to help to inform our plans for Kirkby over the next 10 years.

So much has been delivered in Kirkby to attract more businesses, residents and visitors into the town, but there’s so much more to deliver and your views are really important to help to shape what’s next for Kirkby.

I encourage you to come along to one of the drop-in events and share your views on your town’s future, or alternatively share your views online.”

The closing date for feedback is Wednesday 3 July 2024.