Everton in Kirkby

Plans for Everton’s Kirkby stadium go on show

Rachael Tinniswood

Tesco and Everton FC have opened a three-day exhibition to show Kirkby residents how a proposed new stadium would look in their town if plans are approved.

Images of the proposed 50,000-seater stadium showing its proximity to the surrounding shopping district were revealed as Everton and Tesco prepare to submit a planning application to Knowsley council.

Everton in KirkbyThe club said a number of High Street fashion retailers are interested in setting up in the town if the club relocates from its Goodison Park home.

The last major exhibition of the £400m project was staged in June when thousands of residents visited Knowsley council's offices in Kirkby town centre to learn about the exact site off Valley Road.

Tesco's corporate affairs manager Tony Fletcher said: "In June the development potential of the site was outlined in a public exhibition and this consultation takes things a stage further.

"We have listened to a range of opinions during this time and have been in dialogue with a number of different parties.

"We are trying to establish an expanded town centre with a high-street feel and we are in ongoing negotiations with a number of fashion retailers that are attracted to Kirkby by the opportunities that a development of this size brings."

The exhibition comes in addition to the consultation process by Knowsley council, in which it is consulting residents about wider plans for Kirkby.

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