A senior Wirral business leader has praised the consultation process into Everton’s proposals for a new riverside stadium and a community-led regeneration of Goodison Park.
Andy Snell, Head of Strategic Partnerships at Wirral Chamber of Commerce and former International director at Liverpool Chamber of Commerce has applauded the Club’s commitment to its widespread engagement as the second stage of public consultation for a proposed stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and the regeneration of Liverpool 4, comes to a close.
He said: “I don’t think I’ve seen such an extensive consultation before on this type of project, it’s been really impressive. It’s been going on for five or six weeks and has gone out right across all the boroughs across the city region. It’s not just engaged with fans, community and residents, but also through the chamber of commerce with businesses and broader stakeholders, so I think it’s really comprehensive.
“The proposals will bring really broad economic and societal impact – obviously there will be jobs in construction, maintenance and management of the stadium, and the supply chain of that, but also a huge amount of new visitors – a different type of visitor, who will want to come and see the stadium and enjoy the improved hospitality and event space and I’m sure not just for football but also for conferences, events, possibly concerts going forward.
“It will become an iconic venue, a real pointer on the waterfront for people to know more about the city and come and visit it and from what I’m hearing there has been really positive feedback, a real excitement and keenness for it to move forward as quickly as possible.”
The second stage consultation into Everton’s plans ends on Sunday 25 August. The People’s Project roadshow has also been touring the city region giving visitors details on the plans and gathering the views of football and non-football fans alike. City region residents have also been able to enjoy a VR experience of the proposed stadium design.
People can still view the plans and give their feedback online at www.peoples-project.co.uk/consultation. As well as the new stadium and the Goodison Park legacy, full details can be found on all other elements of the project including heritage, transport, sustainability and environment and economic and social impacts.
Watch the full video with Andy here: