Regeneration activity increases in Kirkby

Published on: Friday, 03-October-2014

Residents in Kirkby will notice an increase in activity in the town centre over the coming days, as work on the regeneration programme moves forward.

Contractors working on behalf of Tesco will be carrying out work ahead of the demolition of empty houses on Cherryfield Drive and the transformation of the public realm in the town centre.

Residents will see:

·         Contractors removing fencing and sheds from the empty houses on Cherryfield Drive.

·         The market car park will be closed with fencing erected around Newtown Gardens and the car park in preparation for initial public realm works.

·         The public car park on Norwich Way will be closed. This will then be used by the contractor as a site compound.

·         A number of changes to taxi ranks around the town centre.

The houses on Cherryfield Drive will be demolished in the coming weeks, as soon as utility companies have disconnected supplies to the houses. That will then clear the way for the phase three development – the construction of the new Tesco store and other retail outlets.

Meanwhile, the public realm works will transform the appearance and layout of the town centre, creating four key spaces, all linked to bring the town centre together.

This work to the existing town centre has to be delivered ahead of the development to the south, so is the next step towards delivery of the new Tesco store and retail units.

Plenty of alternative car parking remains available in other council and private car parks around the town centre during the works.

A number of taxi ranks in the town centre will change by Monday 13 October as a result of the regeneration programme and will enhance provision both for residents and the private hire trade:

·         The main rank outside the Kirkby Centre is being relocated to the Co-op supermarket on Norwich Way;

·         The rank on St Chad’s Drive is being moved further along St Chad’s Drive, closer to Kirkby Market;

·         The “night time only” rank on Cherryfield Drive is being made operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and

·         An additional rank is being located next to the National Westminster Bank side of Newtown Gardens.

These changes were approved by the council’s Licensing Committee in September, following a public consultation in which no objections were received.

More details of the timescales involved will be revealed over the next few weeks.

Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Economy and Skills, Cllr Dave Lonergan, said: “We have reached a key part of the overall regeneration programme for Kirkby.

“A huge amount of work has been taking place behind the scenes and residents will now begin to see a lot of activity across the town centre as the physical transformation takes place.

“This is a fantastic regeneration programme on a scale you won’t see anywhere else in the country and, like all Kirkby residents, I’m excited to see it progress over the coming months.”