One of Liverpool’s longest serving MPs is signing off her Parliamentary career by giving her support to Everton’s plans for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and a community-led legacy at Goodison Park.
Dame Louise Ellman has served as MP for Liverpool Riverside, the ward for Bramley-Moore Dock, since 1997. In one of her final acts prior to standing down she is publicly backing Everton’s proposed new stadium move recognising how the Club’s proposals will deliver a positive impact on the entire city region and urging people to support the transformational project.
“For the past 22 years, I have had the privilege of serving as MP for Liverpool Riverside. In that time the city’s reputation and physical fabric has been totally transformed.
“Some major projects, such as a new waterfront arena and Liverpool ONE, have contributed. They have brought jobs, investment, an uplift to the economy and that vital intangible – confidence.”
“The Riverside constituency sits within the heartland of the city’s historic port economy and stretches across our waterfront from South Liverpool into North Liverpool. Communities here were once the hub of one of the world’s most vibrant and prosperous maritime cities. There are profound and complex challenges but the strength of the area’s assets – including the resilience and inventiveness of its people – offers the potential to rebuild its economic, social and environmental fabric.
“Everton Football Club’s plans for a new stadium with its legacy project can help realise this ambition and is potentially transformational. Everton’s vision is to build a stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock that is right for the club and its supporters, for our waterfront and for our city. But it’s so much more than simply a football stadium, t also meets the city’s long-held ambition to find a catalyst for the transformation of North Liverpool.”
Recognising the scale of the project – delivering a £1billion boost to the economy, creating up to 15,000 jobs and attracting 1.4m new visitors to the city annually as well as £650m of accelerated regeneration – Ms Ellman believes this will enable the city to compete on a global scale.
“This will deliver a significant economic, societal and cultural boost, which will create new opportunities, jobs and visitor appeal. It could be a beacon for the growth and regeneration that is essential if we are to compete with other global cities, not just in the UK but across Europe and the rest of the world.
“I have seen the phenomenal enthusiasm for Everton’s new plans. The Club has held a very open period of consultation, which is widely acknowledged as the largest commercial consultation our city has ever seen, with tens of thousands backing the Club’s vision.
“This project is about creating new opportunities in North Liverpool and the city. That is why it should be supported. I look forward to seeing this initiative grow from strength to strength.”
The Club remains on-track to submit planning applications for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and a community-led legacy at Goodison Park before the end of year.