Labour members request city meeting to discuss proposed stadium loan for Everton

Tuesday, 27 March, 2018 0comments  |  Jump to last
Two of Liverpool's Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs) are demanding an ‘all members meeting' to discuss the loan being proposed for the Bramley-Moore Dock stadium.

The Liverpool Echo report that both West Derby and Walton CLPs have have passed motions to request that Mayor Joe Anderson hold a major meeting in front of thousands of local members to fully outline the details of the loan mechanism that would partially fund Everton's new ground on the derelict north docks site.

Under Anderson's plan, one which he has already committed to put before a meeting of both the full council and other council committees for scrutiny, Liverpool City Council would take out a £280m loan that Everton would repay with the city receiving up to £7m a year over 25 years in interest payments and the club providing security to protect the council should the scheme fail.

West Derby Member Richard Knights, whose name will be familiar to Evertonians after he contested Everton's involvement in the Free School in Walton that bears its name and moved the motion during his CLP meeting because of his concerns over the risks of the loan deal, said: “A number of us think we should be having all-member meetings and it makes sense to do it for something as big as the Bramley-Moore proposal.”

Subsequent tweets from Knights reveal his misgivings over the threat to the World Heritage status of Liverpool's waterfront, a concern over which both the club and architect Dan Meis are said to be sensitive as planning for the stadium moves forward.

John Whearty, the Secretary of Liverpool Walton CLP, said his members haven't yet taken an official position on the loan plan but he suggested that an all-members meeting would be the right course before anything is ratified.

The Echo says that there is provision within Labour's membership rules for two all-member meetings to be held each year and if other Labour CLPs follow Walton and West Derby, "it could pressure Mayor Anderson" to hold one this year over the Bramley-Moore Dock loan scheme.  

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