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Too Little To Late

By Paddy Ditchfield :  12/08/2007 :  Comments (0) :
In a perfect world everyone would like to stay at Goodison, however if you let your head rule your heart, staying is near impossible.

Grand old lady with the history she has, compared to other leading clubs she is a delapidated wreck of a stadium and we all knew one day the time would come to move on.

This isn't the first time we moved on because of the ground not meeting our modern day requirements, we moved from anfield in 1892 to the purposely built goodison park and this is what we would be getting with the move to Kirkby, a purposly built world class stadium befitting a team with the amount of prestige and history of Everton

The main opponents of the move seem to be telling very one sided tales as would be expected, while it could be argued that the same could be said of Everton, Tesco and KMBC.

However having looked at the details given from all sides, I find it strange that the least spin for once seems to coming from the club and instead the opponents of the move, one of the main ones being Liverpool Council who have only know seem to want to know about Everton realising the negative effect a move would have within Liverpool City Council Boundaries.

I heard one excuse that Liverpool couldn't talk to Everton because of the exclusivilty deal signed between Everton, KMBC and Tesco. Yet as that deal was signed 18 months ago and Everton have been looking for a ground since the Kings Dock Fiasco over five years ago, that as an excuse remains hollow and just another example of the poor way our club has been treated in the past by Liverpool City Council (Don't forget Everton were told they couldn't build on Stanley Park because it is public amenity land, which it still remains, yet Liverpool have been told to go right ahead)

So as a panic measure they offer up two undeliverabale sites hoping public pressure will mean that Everton will build on one of these sites, despite it being quite obvious even to a notice like my self that a new grounds footprint would not fit on the site, the sites mentioned are not wholly owned by the Liverpool council and the retailers on those sites have voved to fight any move by Everton to these sites, thats leaving aside the fact that millions would have to be spent on improving the infrastructure at the loop and the is no guarentee that once Liverpool Council had got its way and killed the TESCO deal, it would not go back to its old ways as treating Everton and actually grant planning permission.

Personally I believe the fact that Liverpool Council are offering these sites shows their ill treatment of Everton as they are offering unreasltic unfeasible sites in what I belive is a cynical bid to stop us Everton fans voting yes for the move to KIrkby as due to the time of their release.

Even according to Liverpool City Council themselves, they identified it over three months ago, according to Everton this site had been ruled out in discussions anyway because of all the problems I have mentioed in brief discussions after the collpase of Kings Dock, so how they belive it suitable now is quite staggering. I would suggest it is to little to late.

As for the Keep Everton in our City, I will think you will find that people from Halewood, Huyton, Prescot, Whiston, Kirkby and Cronton all rightfully consider themselves scousers, so we may not been within the boundaries of Liverpool City Council but we would be in boundaries of Liverpool the place, and would just point out that bootle is virtually on Evertons doorstep and yet if Everton had found a site there it would have been outside of Liverpool as Bootle is in the boundaries of Sefton.

While it is admirable what the Keep Everton in our city campaign is trying to do, from my own limited knowledge of construction, I cannot see how Goodison can be redeveloped without effecting revenue as any increase in capactiy will probably mean rebuilding the stands one side at a time and thus a reduced revenue. How we can keep the same capacity I cannot see as in order to modernise Goodison we would need to enlarge the footprint and are curremtly landlocked.

Even if an extra tier was put on one side of the ground, this may not be feasible as that stand would need its foundartion underpinned because of the extra required loadbearing capacity and I cannot see how a new tier could be added anyway.

My own opinion as you can probably gather is that us evertonians hae an oppurtuntiy to secure the future of the club and we do it by voting yes to Kirkby

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