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Lots to look forward to in Kirkby – Your Views

by Jonathan Kearney

Kirkby Town Centre is currently undergoing major transformation – Knowsley Council’s significant investment is now attracting investment, more visitors, and new businesses to the area.

Construction on the retail development in the town centre started in December 2019 and, just 20 months later, two of the new businesses have opened their doors.  KFC opened in July and Taco Bell opened last month.  Preparations are under way for the Morrisons superstore and petrol station, and Home Bargains to open in the near future.

Knowsley Council’s plans are also progressing to deliver a multi-screen cinema with three food and drink outlets on the former Kirkby Library site with construction due to start later this year.

With so much progress made in such as short of space of time, and with more development planned, we spoke to a number of visitors to the town centre (regular visitors as well as those who were visiting Kirkby for the first time) to get their views on what’s happening in Kirkby.

Here’s what you think of Kirkby Town Centre and the transformation of the area.

Councillor Tony Brennan, Regeneration and Economic Development Cabinet Member, said: “As a local resident myself, I’m delighted to see the transformation of Kirkby.  We have waited a long time for this, but since the Council took ownership of the Town Centre less than two years ago, even the pandemic hasn’t stood in our way!

“The retail development is just the start of what we are doing for Kirkby – we are committed to attracting more investment, more businesses, and more facilities in the town centre for the benefit of residents, visitors, businesses, and investors alike.”

You can keep up-to-date with the latest Kirkby news at www.kirkbytowncentre.com