Eleven ‘key principles’ for Everton Football Club’s proposed new stadium development have been laid out.
Considered the ‘starting 11’ for the project, the points pledge commitment to building ‘an iconic landmark for Liverpool’ at Bramley-Moore Dock as well as a ‘unique and innovative legacy for the Goodison Park site’.
The principles are said to have been put together after thousands of Evertonians were surveyed, and now fans are being invited to share their views on them.
Easy access to the stadium by road, rail and public transport and pledges to respect the area’s maritime heritage, harness the ‘environmental power’ of the waterfront site and embrace ‘cutting-edge technology’ to support matchday entertainment are also highlighted.
Plus an aim to secure ‘the right deal for Liverpool’ suggests the funding model for the project will make a significant annual contribution to Liverpool City Council and the development will boost economic regeneration bringing jobs and further investment.
Everton FC’s chief executive, Robert Elstone, says: “Our stadium should be built to meet the needs and expectations of the people that will use it; our players, our partners and, above all, our fans.
“To understand those views, we’ve aggregated what we’ve heard and what we’ve read to develop what we are calling our ‘key principles’. We’d like to share those principles, to test and amend – or refine them – and to use them to frame the ideas and expectations of our fans.”
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson adds: “Liverpool City Council is fully committed to working with the club to deliver what will be an iconic new football stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock. The opportunity for Everton’s new home to play a key role in the regeneration of an area of the city which holds incredible potential is very exciting.
“The project doesn’t just benefit North Liverpool but the whole of Liverpool because the city council will benefit hugely from the financial return we get which will enable us to support front line services in this city.”
Supporters have until Friday 23 February to give their views on the key principles via a survey on Everton FC’s website.