Her Majesty’s Government recognise the importance of regeneration in Kirkby, as demonstrated by the £72 million of public and European investment that has been made into Kirkby and the surrounding areas.
My right hon. Friend met yesterday with my right hon. Friend the Minister for the North West (Mr. Woolas), to explore opportunities for the development of Kirkby town centre. It was agreed that a proposal would be produced for the redevelopment of the town centre to create enhanced retail, leisure, office and public sector facilities for the residents of Kirkby. Key regional bodies will be working with partners in Knowsley to develop this proposal, and I have asked my officials to keep closely involved in supporting and monitoring progress on this work.
The Regional Minister will chair a further meeting in early January to take stock of progress.