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Rejected Everton stadium back on agenda

Aborted plans for Everton's new stadium in Kirkby could be revived after the intervention of the government, reports BBC Sport. North West Minister Phil Woolas has met with Knowsley Council to explore new ways of developing the 50,000-capacity ground and Tesco superstore.

Officials will examine whether a plan with less retail space is possible.

But with Everton declaring the move dead, local MP George Howarth said there were "lots of bridges to cross" before new plans could be drawn up.

Mr Howarth, the Labour MP for Knowsley North and Sefton East, said his primary concern was for the regeneration of Kirkby.

The MP said his colleague Mr Woolas met with council officials to see if the proposal could be salvaged by amending it.

"The main objection against the previous one was the amount of retail, and he's looking at whether or not a new plan with less retail - presumably including the new stadium - is possible.

"At this stage there are still an awful lot of bridges to cross before we can say that's definitely going to happen."

As well as the regeneration of the area, Mr Howarth admitted the government was also concerned about the impact on England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

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