Everton boosted by statement of support for docks stadium

Tuesday, 20 November, 2018 0comments  |  Jump to last
Everton's proposed stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock has received the backing of a number of local business and community interests.

The club are currently undertaking a period of public consultation to canvass the opinion of people and commerce in Liverpool together with Evertonians about the development that it is hoped will kickstart the regeneration of the derelict north docks area.

Under the umbrella of its Liverpool Vision initiative, Peel Group have long held plans for a massive £5bn redevelopment of the stretch of docklands from the water treatment works to Prince's Dock and the Blues' new ground could be the first part of that process of transforming what used to be an economic engine of Merseyside.

Concern has been raised from some quarters over the possibility of Liverpool City Council becoming the vehicle for a securitised loan vehicle whereby Everton would part-fund construction and there is also the site's status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site to be considered.

However, an open letter released today indicates support from a cross section of Merseyside interests in the stadium itself, together with the club's community-focused plans for the area they would leave behind at Goodison Park, and the economic benefits it could bring to the city and the region as a whole.

“The city of Liverpool faces a once-in-a-generation chance to deliver new opportunities and jobs with the creation of a new riverfront stadium for Everton Football Club within Peel Land and Property's Liverpool Waters,” the letter, whose signatories include local chambers of commerce, tourism and hotel interests, Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Liverpool Hope University, states.

“Our organisations, which together represent many of the city's businesses, are working hard on behalf of the city to foster economic growth and wellbeing and believe this is an opportunity which must be grasped.

“We understand that some may have concerns because the stadium's proposed location is within Liverpool's World Heritage Site (WHS) and this public consultation will help initiate those discussions.

“We firmly believe, however, that any concerns will be outweighed by the long-term and substantial benefits that will be delivered by the stadium and can be allayed through high quality, sympathetic design and a deep appreciation of the physical and cultural qualities of the site.

“Bramley-Moore Dock is an under-utilised and partially derelict site with no access to members of the public.

“Everton's plans would bring this site back to life, creating tens of thousands of jobs, including training and apprenticeships for the youth of the city and the city region, and would accelerate the regeneration of the North Liverpool Waterfront, becoming a hugely important asset for the city, along with the Ten Streets area.

The positive impact of the stadium would, in fact, reverberate across the entire city region.

We believe it is essential that Everton Football Club remain in Liverpool. And we think that Bramley-Moore Dock, part of Peel Land and Property's Liverpool Waters development, is the right location for the stadium.

Everyone in Liverpool, regardless of their footballing allegiance, should back the plans. They are right for the business community, right for our residents, for the city and for the City Region. Please support them.”  

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