Everton to pitch docks regeneration to MPs

Monday, 15 July, 2019 15comments  |  Jump to last
Representatives from Everton FC will travel to London this week to present their proposal to build a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock to the House of Commons.

The club are looking for wider support for their plans which Unesco have cautioned could threaten Liverpool waterfront's status as a World Heritage Site.

As Director of Communications, Richard Kenyon, explains, the club's plans for the long-neglected and dilapidated north docks location promise enormous economic benefits to the area.

“We want people to understand that this is not just a new stadium for Everton Football Club,” he said. “It is more than a stadium. It is more than a game. The socio-economic impact will be huge.”

Consultancy RealWorth estimate that the project could bring in almost £800m in economic impact over a decade.

“North Liverpool has some of the most disadvantaged wards in the country,” Kenyon continued. “There remains severe deprivation less than a mile or so from what is now a vibrant, bustling, increasingly cosmopolitan European city centre.

"North Liverpool is in desperate need of jobs, investment, physical regeneration and sustained social programmes, all of which our new stadium can deliver.

“This is a golden opportunity for North Liverpool. It is more than a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It is an opportunity that the North end of the city hasn't had for decades and possibly never will again."  

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Derek Knox
1 Posted 15/07/2019 at 19:50:12
It's the logical move I suppose but I have little faith in MP's making a decision on anything, how long have they been farting around over Brexit?

I know this will be less complicated, or should be, let's hope it gets the thumbs up.

Brian Williams
2 Posted 15/07/2019 at 19:58:44
Do they have to pitch it to MP's?
Peter Mills
3 Posted 15/07/2019 at 20:18:15
It seems a shrewd move to me, sell the wider benefits of the stadium.

Whatever I think, which is “generally positive but with misgivings about access/egress, and the debt it may load on the club”, there is no doubt that our proposed development would be a fantastic catalyst for change in the area between Bramley-Moore Dock and town.

Si Pulford
4 Posted 15/07/2019 at 21:27:31
The impact this stadium can make is huge. Albeit as part of a wider regeneration. Look at the Baltic triangle. It's a small area but in just a few years, with no major investment, it became a vibrant part of the city. Then came the student flats and the major regeneration. What I'm saying is that if something comparatively small can be such a huge catalyst for change and development imagine what this can do. The north end needs this. I'm just gutted all this is happening while I'm in my twenties.
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
5 Posted 15/07/2019 at 21:33:23
Perhaps they should be in Brussels looking for European Money.

Blue Touchpaper lit - - standing well back :-)

John Raftery
6 Posted 16/07/2019 at 09:01:45
The more people and organisations we have onside, the better, in my view. If the politicians can be persuaded to support the proposals, that will help minimise the risk of objections and delay during the planning approvals process.
James Newcombe
7 Posted 16/07/2019 at 10:37:46
Why would a football stadium endanger the World Heritage Site status but it was absolutely fine to add the Mann Island buildings, the appalling Ferry Terminal, and the museum to the waterfront?
Nicholas Ryan
8 Posted 16/07/2019 at 21:10:26
I gather the MPs are split... between 'hard Bramley', 'soft Bramley' and 'no Bramley'!
Brian Wilkinson
9 Posted 17/07/2019 at 00:18:03
Si@4 spare a thought for us in the over fifties club, I'm hoping to see it before I join the Derby and Joan club which is getting closer by the Day mate.
Don Alexander
10 Posted 17/07/2019 at 01:17:42
Scousers remember the decline in the city's fortunes in the late 60's when a Labour government, with a PM elected by Huyton no less, was totally useless in transforming its fortunes as it manifestly plummeted to decline. We also know there was a hidden, but now revealed under the "thirty-year-rule", formal agenda by Thatcher to "manage" the further decline of the city throughout the 80's. She largely succeeded.

Ten years ago another Tory ponce, Osborne, invented "the Northern Powerhouse" as an alleged government ambition. There's been more success in inventing an eighth day of the week ever since but now someone at Goodison seemingly thinks appealing to the fiscally, morally bankrupt crusade of Boris Fucking Johnson is the way to go.

Jesus H!

Derek Taylor
11 Posted 17/07/2019 at 13:58:44
Next season will be my 72nd season as a 'convinced' Evertonian. In the couple of seasons after the war, my old man was a non-league ref and he used to traipse me round the likes of South Liverpool and Marine in our area.

I don't expect to see my team at Bramley-Mooore Dock, prevarication of the project will ensure that most of the 2020s will be passed before the proverbial spade finds a use.

Meanwhile where is our promised goalscorer? For certain he hasn't been playing in the pre-season dawdles so far!

John Raftery
12 Posted 17/07/2019 at 17:17:49
For once Don (10) I agree with your every word.
Eric Myles
13 Posted 17/07/2019 at 21:54:18
Haven't our MPs got anything better to do?
Terence Connell
14 Posted 17/07/2019 at 23:03:51
Best to get Parliament on board. V enthusiastic about improvements to north Liverpool. If I'm not mistaken old Harold did bring the Girobank to Bootle which has lasted all of these years and Santander are investing more on the site. I get the impression UNESCO would prefer the dock to remain derelict.
Jay Harris
15 Posted 17/07/2019 at 23:21:28
Why are we bothering placing all these hurdles in the way.

The more we canvass opinion the more opportunity for people to be against it.

Just get on with the bloody planning permission and stop fartarsing around.

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