The Everton Heritage Society, chaired by Brendan Connolly, have wholeheartedly put their support behind the club's proposals for a new stadium development at Bramley-Moore Dock, as set out in this open letter to Liverpool City Council's planning department.
The Everton FC Heritage Society is a voluntary group researching and chronicling the rich history of Everton Football Club and we write to offer our wholehearted support for the Club's proposals to relocate to Bramley-Moore Dock.
The Society consists of researchers, historians, authors, journalists and memorabilia collectors, all with a great interest and love for the heritage of our great club.
Everton Football Club is a vitally important and historic institution in the city of Liverpool. Since 1878, our football club has been a feature of the city's cultural and physical landscape in much the same way as Liverpool's dock system has. Everton and the docks are synonymous with one another.
The club was founded at the same time as the third great expansion phase of the dock system, when walking to work felt very much like walking to the match for the thousands of people that would have lived in north Liverpool. Fans, and players, would have worked at the docks and then watched, and even played, for our football club. During several notable periods in the city's history of sometimes extremely harsh social, political and economic hardship, Liverpool's docks and Everton have always been there for each other, through the years of casualism, the unionising movement, global wars and rapid economic decline. Throughout our city's social history, great Liverpool institutions such as Everton and the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board have always worked together to provide that pastoral role for the city. In this respect alone, the move to Bramley-Moore Dock is, without question, the right move for our football club.
As well as providing a new home for our football team, we are greatly encouraged by the proposals to bring back into use the Hydraulic Tower as a visitor attraction and for the opportunity for it to be used to tell the story of football and the docks, working with other Liverpool institutions such as the National Museums and The Everton Collection, the world's largest collection of football memorabilia related to one club.
We are also hugely supportive of Everton's intention to retain a presence at Goodison Park. This is also an exciting opportunity to pay due respect to the heritage of our football club and base proposals for the future based on what Everton is all about: The People's Club.
The new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock is hugely exciting. It says everything about our Club that great care and attention have been taken towards the design of the stadium. From the planning application designs presented and the views across the Mersey, it genuinely does feel as though this has always been there and part of the dock system. It certainly does not look out of place with its brick industrial warehouse appearance, working well with the water assets and historical features (like Stanley Dock) that surround it, and reflective of the Club's heritage through Archibald Leitch architecture. This is a chance for Everton to create social history and heritage for a new generation.
The Everton FC Heritage Society has chartered our proud history since our foundation. We do understand the importance of a new stadium move for the Club's future in the global Premier League but this in itself is an opportunity to tell our story, the city's story, to an even greater audience. There is a heritage story here to be told, and a story that we feel frustratingly gets missed in the way the city promotes its other authentic genuine heritage assets on a world-wide level.
We are thrilled by the proposals we have seen to date and by the opportunity that the Bramley-Moore Dock site offers the Club. We believe that it is the only site available. Furthermore, we are convinced that it is the right site in the right location for our Club. We have seen over the years the added value contribution that the Club makes to the regional economy and local society and we wholeheartedly believe that the benefits of the re-location will be fully realised.
- Bramley-Moore Dock is the only site in the city for Everton to develop their stadium;
- The move to Bramley-Moore Dock will deliver economic and social regeneration benefits, similar in impact to the Liverpool One development;
- The People's Project offers a unique opportunity for a more complete heritage story of Liverpool's dock history to be told through the stadium, the Hydraulic Tower proposal and the emerging plans for the Goodison Legacy;
- The people of Liverpool, and the wider city-region, evidenced by the Club's public consultation, want this to happen.
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1 Posted 15/03/2020 at 00:55:27
2 Posted 15/03/2020 at 01:03:14
If I'm wrong, it calls into discussion the actual wealth of Farhad Moshiri and the integrity of Liverpool City Council.
He is not a "wealthy" billionaire. Reportedly he's bog-standard at that level compared to more than the top ten English football club owners, minimum.
If BMD is built, regardless of Covid-19, I just wonder whether the Premier League, those paeons of integrity, of course, will allow Everton the accommodation they've always allowed the Sky-Babe clubs?
Without a mega-wealthy owner, I doubt it.
3 Posted 15/03/2020 at 01:11:24
Caveat alert: the article cites sources close to club.
4 Posted 15/03/2020 at 01:30:35
What could possibly go wrong?
5 Posted 15/03/2020 at 02:00:02
All good stuff to hear and well done the Heritage Society...
Am I allowed to harbour even the tiniest doubt as to the timing - probably not, no, shame on me, whatever was I thinking, forget I even mentioned it.
6 Posted 15/03/2020 at 02:07:15
7 Posted 15/03/2020 at 07:05:39
Always look on the bright side of life... da da da da.
8 Posted 15/03/2020 at 07:38:30
I fully agree. Life goes on and a lot of positives can come out of this dreadful situation.
9 Posted 15/03/2020 at 07:42:35
I like your optimistic view.
The virus issue will no doubt have many twists and turns to keep ToffeeWebbers amused and bemused...
10 Posted 15/03/2020 at 08:27:49
11 Posted 15/03/2020 at 08:57:05
12 Posted 15/03/2020 at 08:58:55
Nail on head.
This virus is going to hit the economy world wide.
The crash in 2007/8 saw planning laws relaxed in order to get the construction industry moving and therefore stimulate the economy, the BMD project would be looked upon more favourably due to the size the build, more people back in work, more people paying taxes again and less relying on social help.
13 Posted 15/03/2020 at 09:06:05
14 Posted 15/03/2020 at 09:24:27
This recession/pandemic won't last long and we will recover as we always do. My parents generation (WWII vets) would be embarrassed watching us moan and groan about a shortage of bog roll and the footy being suspended for a few week.
Let's look forward to a fresh start for us (EFC) and for the world (climate change) and stop acting like a bunch of pansies!!
15 Posted 15/03/2020 at 09:34:05
Things can only get better, it will take time, and it looks increasingly like lock down now, so we must all muckin and try and help family, friends, neighbours etc, typically elder people whom depend on public transport, in any way we can.
I'm no scientist but perhaps is if there's a second wave of this virus or another strain, hopefully the global focus on developing a vaccine will, eventually see a proven canine and a solution.
Hopefully the football powers that be, will declare this season void, and hopefully the football season can resume later this summer..
16 Posted 15/03/2020 at 10:22:55
17 Posted 15/03/2020 at 10:29:46
They do say "a proven canine" is mans best friend!!
Excellent post by the way.
18 Posted 15/03/2020 at 13:21:04
19 Posted 15/03/2020 at 14:25:10
'I'm watching George Formby on TV at the moment...'
Strewth Tony! Have a word with yer dad!
Not only is he still watching TV on a black and white Baird TV from the 1930s, he's still picking up the signals for the TV programs of that time!
No wonder his eyesight is going and he is never able to see Siggy or Schneiderlin have a good game for Everton from his spec at Goodison! (non-Covid-19-cough!).
20 Posted 15/03/2020 at 15:06:54
21 Posted 15/03/2020 at 15:54:03
22 Posted 15/03/2020 at 15:57:16
23 Posted 15/03/2020 at 16:26:15
24 Posted 15/03/2020 at 16:30:30
25 Posted 15/03/2020 at 17:07:26
26 Posted 15/03/2020 at 17:26:56
It's BBB 2020 season here in Brazil - Big Brother Brazil. Brazil is BIGGGG on BB. Brazilians can't get enough of it, including my missus.
She doesn't understand why I curl up in the foetal position repeating 'When will it end? For heaven's sake, when will it all end?!' when each morning she briefs me of the overnight events in the BBB house, such as:
"Wau! It all kicked off last night when someone didn't do the washing up!"
My only fear if both of us should catch Covid-19 is that we could both be in lock-down together and there would be no escape for me from watching wall-to-wall BBB.
If it comes to that, one of us won't make it out alive.
And it won't be due to anything Covid-19 can throw at me.
27 Posted 15/03/2020 at 17:41:10
Brazil hasn't yet been seriously hit by the virus, but still the government is taking measures to restrict mass gatherings. They've closed cinemas and theatres, whilst sport events continue in the main behind closed doors.
Similar to Wayne Rooney's criticism of the authorities for exposing footballers longer than necessary to the risks, Gremio - Everton Cebolinha's team - played a state game today behind closed doors.
As a protest, the players took to the field wearing masks, but removed them when the game KO.
The all-conquering Flamengo manager Jorge Jesus has lent his support to cancelling all football in Brazil until further notice.
28 Posted 15/03/2020 at 23:55:46
Thank you also to Colin@14 for some common sense amidst all the current hysteria.
29 Posted 16/03/2020 at 07:54:39
30 Posted 16/03/2020 at 22:05:20
Please hope it doesn't impact the project, but hope it mean players wages and player transfer fees are substantially reduced.
31 Posted 17/03/2020 at 03:21:26
"Turned out nice again, Mother Fucker!"
32 Posted 18/03/2020 at 19:43:05
Hear what your saying, but, on the flip side, interest rates will remain at record lows for many years to come, cheaper borrowing.
What I'm more concerned about, is how much of Moshiri's and Usmanov's wealth is tied up in shares.
33 Posted 19/03/2020 at 08:10:15
34 Posted 21/03/2020 at 07:41:22
35 Posted 24/03/2020 at 12:21:18
Firstly, I would like to say to everyone to take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Secondly, I hope this doesn't come across as callous in any way.
I think what we can realistically expect is this to definitely go ahead because of the Covid-19 pandemic, not in spite of it.
Often after an economic shock or a crisis (such as in 2008-09) you'll see, as you said, record low interest rates (making it cheaper to borrow the money) as well as planning laws being relaxed to facilitate large scale economy stimulating projects to go ahead with the minimum of fuss. Couple this to the councils/governments desire to create jobs, I'd say it was looking very good from an Everton/BMD perspective.
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