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Kirkby Market redevelopment plans on show

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Image caption A public consultation on the proposals for Kirkby Market runs until 13 August

Plans for a £2.5m redevelopment of a Merseyside market have been unveiled.

The proposals for Kirkby Market, developed after consultations with traders, include new covered areas and improved links to the town centre.

The plans, part of Knowsley Council's regeneration of Kirkby, include more than £200m of private investment.

Mike Harden, deputy chief executive of Knowsley Council, said the changes would "transform the town for both current and future generations".

'Key reason'

If approved, building work on the market will start in January 2013 and opening is planned for the following summer.

A council spokesman said work had already begun on preparing the current site for redevelopment.

Mr Harden said the market had "always been a key reason why Kirkby remains so popular with residents and, as such, we want to ensure the facilities we provide there are as good as they possibly can be".

Marty Davies, chairman of Kirkby Market Traders' Committee, said it was a "rewarding place to do business and it has been helpful that the council has involved us in the work to shape the plans for its future".

A public consultation on the proposals runs until 13 August.

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