Letter: Being misled.
I REFER to your recent article (ECHO, January 27) regarding Knowsley council's alleged objection to Liverpool's Stonebridge Cross regeneration scheme.
This was misleading. We are not opposed to the scheme, only to the excessive scale of the retail element, which we believe will impact adversely on Kirkby town centre and undo the work we have undertaken to broaden its appeal.
We are supportive of the leisure and housing elements of the Stonebridge scheme, and appreciate too the need for some local retail provision in the area.
In taking the stance we have, we are aligning ourselves with National Planning Guidance and with the city council's current planning policy set out in its own Unitary Development Plan. We, with the city council and others, are part of the A580 Partnership, an Objective 1based joint regeneration programme across parts of Kirkby, Gillmoss and Aintree, including Stonebridge Cross, and your readers would be further misled if they were to believe that this partnership was not delivering, and would not continue to deliver, positive results.
Councillor J. Keight OBE, Leader of Knowsley council