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Central Dock?

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Whatever happened to the proposals of building a new stadium at the Central Docks? Developers were in talks with Michael Dunford shortly after the Kings Dock proposal collapsed but nothing ever seemed to come of it. This, in my opinion, would be the perfect site:?

  1. It is either within (or very very close to) Everton itself nevermind Liverpool.
  2. The site is big enough to house a 60-70-80,000 seater stadium plus the world's biggest Tesco store.
  3. Our "partners" Tesco would surely have a bigger captive market here than in Kirkby. Not sure, but I don't think there are any big stores nearby.
  4. Good access especially with nearby rail links already in place.
  5. I'm sure it was mentioned at the time that there would be financial help available in the way of grants due to urban redevelopement of the area. Also in order to pay for it could we not lease the ground with a "Right to Buy" at some time in the future.Kind of like the way we buy our players.
  6. The pubs along the Dock Road are generally dives which would make us feel right at home.
Does anyone know what actually happened to these proposals ? Were they just brushed under the carpet when Dunford left and Wyness took over?
Jimmy L'Anson, Stirling     Posted 18/12/2007 at 00:08:50

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Lyndon Lloyd
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1   Posted 18/12/2007 at 05:38:14

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Peel Holdings have ruled out including a football stadium in any of their proposed developments on the Liverpool waterfront.
Shez Khan
2   Posted 18/12/2007 at 09:15:31

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Makes no difference Jimmy. Wyness was on Talksport yesterday and claimed the Kirkby project was a done deal.

Nothing is going to change their mind now.
Shaun Brennan
3   Posted 18/12/2007 at 09:32:52

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I don’t think Peel Holdings realize that the docks flood occasionally. This is done on purpose too!

They would have to build much larger flood defenses.
Harry Meek
4   Posted 18/12/2007 at 10:01:07

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Never mind that Kirkby is ?a done deal? ? I remain convinced that it will never happen. Local opposition and red tape will do for it as surely as it did for a similarly expansive plan that Tesco had for my neighbourhood in Worcester. The whole process will take forever and we shall go into the 2010s still at Goodison with no alternative in sight.
Tom Ocelot
5   Posted 18/12/2007 at 11:07:31

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I agree with Harry. We will never get planning permission, mainly because on matchdays, the town centre won’t be able to handle 40,000 fans.. let alone 50, let alone 70 The locals are far too against it and there is insufficient public transport.

I know we can’t afford to re-build GP but I would rather stay and re-build slowly than move somewhere i cant get to on matchday.
Greg Murphy
6   Posted 18/12/2007 at 11:21:08

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Jimmy, it’s a little appreciated fact that Tesco are building a monster store in the Everton Park/Great Homer Street area as part of the Project Jennifer plans.
Granted, it’s not exactly next door to Central Docks but it’s hardly a million miles away. Tesco are sorted here there and everywhere (or soon will be) it seems.
Dave Griffin
7   Posted 18/12/2007 at 11:52:43

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As I said on another thread, the Kirkby stadium will never happen. There are many reasons for this, with the incompetence of the Everton Board being very high on the list.
Steve Roberts
8   Posted 18/12/2007 at 12:08:08

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Ossie?s out for 6 weeks! Please, don?t let this mean that Neville comes back to centre-mid!
Sean McNally
9   Posted 18/12/2007 at 13:07:32

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Nah Steve, this is the gravediggers chance to shine mate!!!!!!!

oh tommy tommy...............

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