With the deadline for public comments on Everton's proposed stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock looming on Friday, we felt it would be worth sharing the bulk of an email that Everton Fans Forum chair Jazz Bal sent out this week to remind Blues to have their say if they haven't already.
We hope that Jazz won't mind us sharing this here in order to get as much last-minute feedback into the project portal as possible.
For the past month, Liverpool City Council has been asking residents, local businesses, and the general public to feedback on Everton’s planning application for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock. This consultation is not something that is run by the Club; hence why it is so important that as Evertonians we show Liverpool City Council that our fanbase is fully behind our new stadium.
I have spoken to many Blues over the past week from all over the world who have told me they have never responded to a formal public consultation before or don’t know what to write. It doesn’t matter where in the world you are from, if you care about Everton, you are eligible to take part. Please rest assured, that responding and showing your support is simple and won’t take too much of your time. This can be done, by either:
In writing, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (quoting reference number 20F/0001), by 5pm on Friday 20 March.
Entering comments directly on the planning portal and searching for the reference number 20F/0001, by 5pm on Friday 20 March.
In writing, by post to The Planning Department, Liverpool City Council, 4th Floor, Cunard Building, Water Street, Liverpool, L3 1AH (quoting reference number 20F/0001). Sending by post will be fine, as long as you date your comments before 20 March.
In terms of what to write, that depends on which part of the application you support. Below are a few points that I have heard from fellow Blues on why they are supporting the application:
How important a new stadium is for the future of Everton – allowing the Club the opportunity to compete with the best clubs in England and Europe.
A new stadium will enhance the matchday experience for all supporters – extra capacity, more fans and better facilities give the Club the opportunity to attract better sponsorship and then better players.
A great design that will complement Liverpool’s world-famous waterfront – combination of old and new; respectful to local buildings by using bricks but also modern with glass and steel.
Planning application show Bramley-Moore Dock is the only site in the city for Everton to develop their stadium
Everton’s historic, social and community connection to North Liverpool means the Club should stay in the area.
The stadium will benefit the entire city region; delivering a £1bn boost to the economy, 15,000 jobs and potentially 1.4m new visitors. It will showcase the city to an international Premier League audience every home matchday.
The Club is preserving heritage assets on the site and opening them up for the public.
The Club is enhancing the heritage offer by bringing to life the listed hydraulic tower and supporting the city’s World Heritage Site - the site is currently inaccessible, so can’t be enjoyed.
A new stadium will transform North Liverpool; creating new opportunities for a neglected part of our city.
Football and the docks have always had a connection – fans and players were former dockers.
A chance for Everton to create social history and heritage for a new generation.
The Goodison Legacy Project is an opportunity to pay tribute to Goodison Park and positively impact Liverpool 4. This could not happen without a stadium development.
Please feel free to expand upon and use any of the above points in your comments alongside any of your own. If you’re looking for inspiration, the Everton Heritage Society sent in this great read over the weekend.
Responses don’t have to be long or complex, they can be as short as you want them to be. It is simply a chance for you to have your say and show your support.
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