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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1 Posted 20/11/2018 at 15:20:44
2 Posted 20/11/2018 at 15:26:11
Im not sure of how many reds we can count on for support, so lets hope that every single Evertonian adds their voice to the public consultation.
3 Posted 20/11/2018 at 15:30:53
4 Posted 20/11/2018 at 15:35:42
I'm sure I'm not alone in receiving daily email updates from the People's Project site where ALL Evertonians really should complete the survey to back this.
Each day they are rolling out a new face and voice to speak, primarily, of the benefits to the city, not exclusively to the club.
This has included Everton fans, Everton players, a Liverpool player (!!!) and business leaders, with more to come, I'm sure.
It may be as fast moving as an iceberg for some, but all this groundwork will stand us in good stead when we finally submit our planning proposal.
5 Posted 20/11/2018 at 15:36:40
To object you need valid reasons, and no one is putting anything forward. Best they can come up with is the threat to the world heritage status.
6 Posted 20/11/2018 at 15:43:08
7 Posted 20/11/2018 at 15:48:39
8 Posted 20/11/2018 at 16:04:36
Keep up the good work and maybe try to find someone to pay for it while your at it.
9 Posted 20/11/2018 at 16:23:23
The overall framework of planning law is set by central government and they provide useful guidance on the value of pre-application engagement. They describe consultation as providing ‘…significant potential to improve both the efficiency and effectiveness of the planning application system and improve the quality of planning applications and their likelihood of success.
At the heart of that statement is the essence of good development and meaningful public and stakeholder consultation: when applicants listen, the planning process is shorter, the plans are improved and they are more likely to succeed.
11 Posted 20/11/2018 at 16:55:13
12 Posted 20/11/2018 at 17:50:47
13 Posted 20/11/2018 at 17:57:49
14 Posted 20/11/2018 at 18:01:00
I also think support will increase and even by reds.
Peel are a crucial part of investment in the city and their support is vital.
It is impossible for me to just be non partisan here but surely those who are must look over at East Manchester and see the ripple effect there.
This is our equivalent and north Liverpool will change positively beyond belief.
And on wider issue that Scudamore petition now near 50,000!
Happy to post link again if anyone interested. Word is some have paid money to make it higher in search results.
15 Posted 20/11/2018 at 18:02:33
16 Posted 20/11/2018 at 18:05:25
Thanks to Google and you two, I have achieved that today.
17 Posted 20/11/2018 at 18:22:55
Dermot, I found the following a nice read for a layman like me - an explanation of quantum theory using cartoons (my level!):
18 Posted 20/11/2018 at 18:24:14
19 Posted 20/11/2018 at 18:27:34
20 Posted 20/11/2018 at 18:29:55
21 Posted 20/11/2018 at 18:34:32
22 Posted 20/11/2018 at 19:01:37
23 Posted 20/11/2018 at 19:02:05
24 Posted 20/11/2018 at 19:04:01
25 Posted 20/11/2018 at 19:04:05
And will our local council get a chance to make a few bob and thus ease, in some small way, our community charge? Will they fuck ! It's thank you, Mr Mayor, but we have our 'stakeholders' to consider and most of their funds benefit cronies and shadowy autocrats who inhabit a world far away.
Perhaps I'm on my own but Everton has sold its soul and it no longer bothers me where they ply their trade if only to provide the supporting cast for other 'foreign owned' clubs – one of which is not far away!
26 Posted 20/11/2018 at 19:11:17
27 Posted 20/11/2018 at 19:13:43
I'm not known for being a physicist but for my uncanny ability to sense the feelings of others.
I sense you're not happy about something. :-)
28 Posted 20/11/2018 at 19:22:15
29 Posted 20/11/2018 at 19:49:50
30 Posted 20/11/2018 at 20:43:14
The fact that Everton are proposing to have a new ground in the area must be a godsend to those wishing the development to happen.
I predict this area will be unrecognizable in 5-10 years time and an amazing part of the expanding city.
31 Posted 20/11/2018 at 21:16:12
Did the people of Merseyside have a say on the building of Liverpool One? Did they have say on the Hundreds of student building across the city? the retail park on Scotland Road?
32 Posted 20/11/2018 at 21:53:47
Caution all if commuting in or out of Oslo...
33 Posted 20/11/2018 at 22:25:08
The regeneration plans are key to enhancing Liverpool's economic prowess for the future, and competing on at least an equal par with other provincial cities.
The potential is huge but, as we all know, there's a long way to go.
Let's see what pans out in the next few weeks, but hopefully all good and positive feedback will be received from all.
34 Posted 20/11/2018 at 23:47:18
35 Posted 21/11/2018 at 01:03:07
Wassup, mate? Forget to take the happy pills today?
Long time since lived there but have visited quite a lot over the 32 years since living in Australia. Some good work has been done with the city development but it still seems to lag behind others to some extent.
IMO, the whole project, including Bramley-Moore Dock, will make a massive difference to the city... in fact, I'd say to Merseyside in general. This will be a "goer"! — and Everton will have its new stadium!
36 Posted 21/11/2018 at 04:17:17
It's absolute b.s. Somebody ate too many mushrooms.
TY Dermot for mentioning you went all Batman style, "TO THE INTERNET!"
I did the same.
37 Posted 21/11/2018 at 10:18:26
38 Posted 21/11/2018 at 14:57:16
entangled with our brains.
39 Posted 21/11/2018 at 15:15:54
I'm no expert myself, but I am reassured by the amount of work the club is visibly doing on this, and also that they are doing everything needed to make sure this does not fail. Which, after previous aborted stadium developments (even though I only supported the Kings Dock), we need to see.
Let's not forget that the Destination Kirkby fiasco was not Blue Union winning and Everton FC accepting they were doing the wrong thing; it was the Government "calling in" the project and then the club called it off. Sure, I think the club saw this as an "out" that would save face, and didn't want to build the stadium there after all.
But we need to learn a lesson and make sure that we have done everything properly with regards to this stadium, so if that means public consultation, then great, let's do it properly. And don't forget this is only a distraction whilst other work (financing, design, planning applications and so on) goes on in the background.
41 Posted 21/11/2018 at 23:09:11
42 Posted 23/11/2018 at 19:00:48
43 Posted 24/11/2018 at 13:39:41
44 Posted 29/11/2018 at 13:48:34
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