New Everton stadium update – Walton Hall Park plans abandoned
Everton and Liverpool City Council have abandoned plans for the club to build a new stadium on Wally Hall Park and will instead look to 2 unnamed sites as they look to build a new home.
It is understood to be a key part of new majority shareholder, Farhad Moshiri’s plans and now the blues will look at alternative sites.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson pledges park will ‘will remain a park and will be designated as such`
A joint statement from the council and Everton FC said: “Liverpool City Council and Everton Football Club can confirm they have been working together over recent months to investigate alternative plans for a new stadium for Everton Football Club.
“These new plans no longer focus on Walton Hall Park but on two other potential sites brownfield sites within the city boundary.
“The proposed scheme at Walton Hall Park was always an ambitious one. It was a regeneration scheme that relied heavily on retail investment into the site.
“Most of the current investment into retail is focused on city centres and larger district centres and not on out-of-town developments like this would have been.”
The council and the club decided that building a new village and commercial arena was too far a step currently.
Mayor Anderson said: “Most people will be aware that I did give a commitment to Everton to support a potential scheme at Walton Hall Park with the aim of regenerating the area and creating new jobs.
“However, through the work that the club and the council have done, we have concluded that effectively building a new village in North Liverpool with lots of retail space is a step too far in this current economic climate.
“On the subject of the park itself, I can now say that the park will remain a park and will be designated as such in our Local Plan which will be out for consultation this summer.”
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