Jamie Carragher says The People’s Project including a new stadium for Everton is a “massive thing for the city of Liverpool.”
And the former Liverpool defender is urging residents across Merseyside – regardless of footballing allegiances or if they are interested in sport – to get behind Everton’s proposals for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and a community-led redevelopment of Goodison Park.
Carragher attended the Club’s first-stage public consultation on the project at Liverpool ONE on Monday and insisted it would be great to watch a new stadium rising on the north Liverpool waterfront.
“The stadium will be a huge project,” Carragher told evertontv. “But the regeneration is a massive thing for Liverpool, not just Everton Football Club.
“This is a massive project, going back to 2008 and the Capital of Culture, and where we are today at Liverpool One, and Albert Dock also – I think Everton could be right up there [in terms of the project’s impact on the city].
“There is a massive rivalry between red and blue in this city. Long may that continue and I probably epitomise that more than anybody, being a Blue as a kid and playing for Liverpool.
“But sometimes things are bigger than rivalries between football clubs. I think we all need to get behind something that will help the city on this scale.”
A study conducted by property firm CBRE revealed The People’s Project would provide a £1bn boost to the city’s economy.
It would lead to the creation of more than 15,000 jobs and increase the numbers of tourists to Liverpool by a further 1.5 million.
“It is massive for the city’s future,” added Carragher. “And you are talking about jobs; how many years the stadium will be there, kids coming out of school, as well.
“And we need to start competing with other cities. Two vibrant football clubs with huge stadiums can attract investment, [there will be] businesses popping up around there.
“And you think of the number of jobs, 12-15 thousand extra jobs building the stadium, 3,000 permanent jobs. It is a massive thing for the north of Liverpool.
“Hopefully with this regeneration it would be great if Everton can get that stadium.
“[It will be] on the dock and we can see it rising from the areas of Kirkdale and Bootle, where I am most of the time.”
Under the campaign name The People’s Project, the consultation will tour the city region and run online for another two weeks, visiting various locations in Liverpool and Wirral. The consultations will give members of the public an opportunity to have their say on the principle of Bramley-Moore Dock becoming the site of Everton’s new stadium and the Club’s plans to leave a sustainable legacy at Goodison Park.
A second-stage public consultation on the Club’s detailed stadium designs and high-level plans for Goodison Park will be held in the summer of 2019 which will lead to the submission of planning applications in the second half of 2019.
The public consultation will run until Saturday 1 December and can be accessed at the following locations:
20 November: Liverpool One. Paradise Street (outside Bar Hutte). 9.30am-8pm.
21-23 November: Liverpool One. Thomas Steers Way (outside Hilton Hotel). 9.30am-8pm.
24 November: Goodison Park. Goodison Road, L4 4EL. 9am-1pm.
25 November: Birkenhead. 222 Grange Road West, CH41 6EB (outside Asda). 11am-5pm.
26-27 November: Liverpool One. Paradise Street (outside JD Sports). 9.30am-8pm.
28-30 November: Liverpool One. Thomas Steers Way (outside Hilton Hotel). 9.30am-8pm.
1 December: New Brighton. Fort Perch Rock, CH45 2JU (in the car park). 11am-5pm.