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Kirkby ski plans went downhill.

THE proposed snowdome would not be the first ski slope to be built in Knowsley.

In the 1970s, an outdoor artificial slope was formed between Kirkby stadium and the M57, dominating the town's skyline.

The brainchild of council architect Eric Spencer Stevenson, it was 410ft long and 70ft wide, and was supposed to open in May 1974.

The council paid pounds 64,000 to have 70,000 tonnes of earth moved to the site and 100,000 segments of plastic matting were laid.

A year later, the costs had risen to pounds 114,000 and "bubbles" started appearing on the slope's surface.

In September 1975, with the slope covered in weeds, Knowsley councillors abandoned the project altogether.


KIRKBY FIASCO: The ill-fated ski slope in 1975
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 17, 2006
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