Destination Kirkby to be called in, Everton fans: time to weep or rejoice?

It has been a rocky week for Everton, what with the AJ deal freezing up, CEO Keith “Bully” Wyness resigning, not a incoming transfer in sight, and the icing on the craptastic cake, the Kirkby stadium plans to be called in by the government – a development which could kill the move.

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The news broke yesterday, with the Official Everton site glumly admitting:

We are disappointed by the decision. Having spent more than two years working diligently on a project which would not only provide Everton Football Club with a new home but also regenerate Kirkby, we had hoped to avoid a Government call-in.

Indeed, it was only in June that Knowsley Borough Council’s Planning Committee voted by a majority of 20-1 to grant planning permission.

We shall now engage in detailed discussions with our development partners, KBC and Tesco, to assess what options are open to us.

It is important to stress that this decision does not spell the end of the Destination Kirkby project – but it will, self-evidently, precipitate a period of reflection, assessment and re-evaluation. (

So is this time to weep or rejoice for Evertonians?

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