Kirkby ‘eye-sores’ to make way for new leisure developments

Knowsley Council is set to demolish three empty “eye-sores” in Kirkby town centre to make way for new leisure developments.

The works will see the former Kirkby Library, Webster House and a building on Cherryfield Drive raised to the ground before the end of the year.

The sites have been earmarked for a new leisure scheme, including a cinema and three bars and restaurants, to be delivered by St. Modwen.

Following what the council calls a “competitive tender exercise”, Merseyside company JP Tisdale Demolition Limited has been awarded the contract for the works.

The former Kirkby Library building has been empty since the library service relocated to the Kirkby Centre on Norwich Way.

Reel Cinemas has already agreed a deal to anchor the proposed scheme, with St. Modwen expected to submit a planning application for the development this summer.

Knowsley Council will now seek a developer for the sites of Webster House (pictured) and 149 Cherryfield Drive.

Councillor Andy Moorhead, leader of Knowsley Council, says: “Our plan to demolish three empty buildings to make way for new developments is another positive step forward in the Kirkby town centre regeneration programme.

“These are key sites in the heart of the town centre and removing unused, unattractive buildings allows us to identify developers who can really enhance what Kirkby has to offer.

“I’m delighted that we already have plans in the pipeline for St. Modwen to deliver a cinema, bars and restaurants on the former library site and I look forward to seeing proposals for more high quality developments on the other two sites.”

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