A public consultation is being held today for local residents and businesses in Kirkby to discuss the proposed redevelopment of Liverpool FC's Academy site.
Last month, LFC and Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (KMBC) announced joint plans for a proposed redevelopment of the site that includes improvements for local residents and the community playing fields at Simonswood Lane.
The consultation will be held today at Northwood Community Centre in Kirkby from 2pm until 8pm.
Residents will have the opportunity to view the proposed plans in detail, speak with members of the project team and leave their feedback. Representatives from LFC and KMBC, as well as experts in planning, construction and transport, will be available to answer questions.
LFC’s vision is to bring its first team and Academy football training operations and facilities together on one site. The £50million proposal includes the construction of a new combined training centre, the redevelopment of the existing facilities including an upgraded pitch, a new viewing stand for spectators and designs to convert the main pitch into a first-class covered full-size pitch.
As part of the proposed masterplan, KMBC is leading on proposals to provide new and improved football pitches and sports facilities to the area, working closely with local football teams, including Kirkby AFC. The much-needed upgrade to the pitches will be able to support the highest level of amateur football matches with new changing facilities and car park.
The surrounding area will also see improvements which include new dog walking and cycling paths, new lighting and improved security with a CCTV system. To enable the proposals to go ahead, LFC will need to purchase additional land immediately adjacent to the Academy site and close part of Moss Lane between Simonswood Lane and Arbour Lane.
Local residents and the wider Kirkby community are encouraged to attend today’s public consultation to see the proposals in more detail.
For more information and the opportunity to comment, please visit simonswoodlaneconsultation.co.uk.