Decision time looms for Everton FC and its proposed move to Kirkby
It's set to be another big week in Merseyside politics.
Everton FC will find out on or before Friday whether the Secretary State for Communities and Local Government John Denham will grant the club permission to build a new stadium in Kirkby.
The planned ground forms part of a ÃÂ£400m development with Tesco, which includes 50 shops.
The 500,000sq ft of retail space would reposition Kirkby from 11th in the region's shopping hierarchy to possibly 4th.
It was the sheer size of the retail element in 'Destination Kirkby' that saw it get called in for a public inquiry back in August 2008.
There are a number of options, with combinations thereof, that could pan out:
A straight approval.
Approval with conditions: Mr Denham could opt to approve the scheme, but put conditions on how much retail is allowed. The shops are crucial to the funding package for the project. If the shopping element were reduced too much Tesco could walk away and the project would be dead. This option would effectively allow the Government to kill off the scheme, while at the same time being seen to have given approval.
One thing is for sure that whatever happens there will be a fairly large fallout from the decision - the whole project has divided councils across Merseyside. It is likely that, what ever the decision, there will be an application for a judicial review (effectively an appeal). The time limit is six weeks.
And what will Everton FC do, if they eventually lose?
So while we will learn the Government decision this week, the matter of a new stadium for Everton is still likely to be a long way from being settled.