Liverpool’s retail sector has thrown its weight behind Everton’s plans for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and a legacy project at Goodison Park.
The People’s Project second stage public consultation has been visiting various city region locations over the past month including Church Street, which is managed by Liverpool BID, and Paradise Street which forms part of Liverpool ONE.
The public consultation allows members of the public and local business to understand more about the Club’s plans, learn more about the positive socio-economic impacts the project will have and experience a VR tour of Everton’s proposed new stadium.
Liverpool BID, a not for profit organisation that work on behalf of 1,500 businesses within the leisure, retail and commercial district, invited their senior management team and Board members to experience the consultation.
Bill Addy, CEO of Liverpool BID said: “This is a transformational opportunity for the city particularly in the north and it will be the catalyst for its redevelopment, the city’s expansion, which creates jobs and will bring the Mayor of Liverpool’s inclusive growth programme into play in the north. The People’s Project fuels that drive, not just for Bramley-Moore but also for the Goodison legacy.
“The new stadium will be in North Liverpool but it is very close to the city centre and our levy paying businesses will benefit massively from it. This is a once in a generation opportunity that we need to grasp with both hands.”
A recent report produced by CBRE estimated that a new stadium and a legacy project at Goodison Park will deliver a £1 billion boost to the economy, the potential for up to 15,000 jobs and attract 1.4 million new visitors to the city. Figures that have not been seen in Liverpool since the opening of Liverpool ONE over ten years ago.
Iain Finlayson, Business Performance Director, Liverpool ONE, said: “Since Liverpool ONE opened this is Liverpool’s biggest opportunity to take huge strides forward. It’s going to inject huge amounts into the economy; it’s going to be brilliant for local employment; it’s going to give a great sense of development down at that end of the city which is going to grow into the city centre.
“We’ll even see people coming into the city centre before and after games once that stadium is open, which perhaps we haven’t seen before. So it’s going to be a full city centre experience for people on matchdays.”
Watch the full interview with Bill Addy and Julie Johnson here:
The public consultation will be back at the Liverpool BID, before visiting St Helens, matchday at Goodison Park and then New Brighton:
Wednesday 14 August – Church Street 11am – 6:30pm
Thursday 15 August – Church Street 11am – 6:30pm
Friday 16 August – Church Square Shopping Centre 9am – 5:30pm
Saturday 17 August – Goodison Park 9am – 2pm and The People’s Hub, Spellow Lane 12pm- 2pm
Sunday 18 August – New Brighton Ian Frazer Walk 10:30am – 4:30pm
For those who can’t attend any of the public consultation events in person, all the consultation materials are available online until Sunday 25 August by visiting our Consultation section.