By Dave Downie
Everton CEO Denise Barrett Baxendale has outlined the next major step in Everton’s plans to build a new stadium at Bramley Moore.
The phase comes in the form of a formal public consultation whereby the people of Merseyside can have their say on the project ahead of the club’s planning application which is currently expected to be submitted to the city council in the second half of 2019.
CEO Barrett-Baxendale said: “This consultation marks a very significant moment as we progress with this project. We would like as many people as possible – and not just football fans – to take part and let us know their views.
“Our ambition is not just to create a new home for a very proud and historic football club but also a new landmark stadium, in an iconic setting, which will deliver huge regeneration benefits for the whole of the Liverpool City Region.
“We have deep roots in L4 and are committed to building on the extensive investment we have already made in the area. We are preparing plans to redevelop the existing stadium site to create facilities which will benefit the whole community, creating jobs and improving lives.
“Everton is committed to delivering an authentic football stadium which responds to Liverpool’s World Heritage Site designation. The plans we are developing will respect the historic features of the site and complement its surroundings.
“The rich history and connections between the old docker community and the city’s football family are inseparable. A move to the city’s North Docks will be very poignant for many of our supporters who will have had family members work there and will give them a chance to enjoy a part of cultural Liverpool that has not been open to the city for decades.”
People will be able to complete a short survey at the exhibition or log on to the project website to complete an online survey from Thursday 15 November. The results of the survey will be used as part of the Club’s planning applications, which are expected to be submitted in the second half of 2019.
A second public consultation will be held next summer, at which point the Club will present the proposed design of the stadium and further details on its Goodison Park legacy plans.