Everton heroes Graeme Sharp and Gareth Farrelly have urged people to ensure they have their say on Club’s plans to regenerate north Liverpool before the consultation deadline this weekend.
The People’s Project proposals for an iconic riverside stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and a community-led legacy at its current home, Goodison Park has already engaged thousands of people through the travelling roadshow and online.
Since the end of July, The People’s Project consultation has been touring the Liverpool City Region to showcase plans and gather views of football and non-football fans alike. People have also been able to enjoy a VR experience of the proposed stadium design before offering their thoughts via a survey.
For those who could not attend the roadshows all the public consultation material is available to view online www.peoples-project.co.uk/consultation.
Everton’s post-war leading goalscorer and Club Ambassador, Graeme Sharp is urging the public to help the Club finalise the stadium proposals and share their views on the what the current Goodison Park site could contain.
He said: “There has been a phenomenally positive response from the thousands upon thousands who have visited the consultation roadshow and there’s been a genuine buzz at what’s being proposed. Yet, the more people who have their say the better because this is a vital part of the planning application process and there is still time to play a part and help shape plans ahead of planning submission.”
Sharp, an Everton Giant, added: “I think the proposals are fantastic and I am sure those seeing the stadium design and the legacy for Liverpool 4 will be very impressed. Leaving Goodison Park will be an emotional time for many, including myself, but I think when people see the plans for new stadium and the legacy which Everton plans to leave, they’ll feel extremely positive and excited about what the future holds for the Club.
The second stage public consultation ends on Sunday 25 August and the Club are encouraging people can view the plans and give their feedback online.
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 the economic and social impacts.
Echoing Graeme Sharp’s comments, former player Gareth Farrelly, who scored the goal that preserved Everton’s Premier League status on the final day of the 1997–98 and is now a successful solicitor in Liverpool, said: “During the roadshow it’s been hugely important for everybody to be able to see the design of the ground, and it’s obviously been incredibly well received and hopefully things will continue to move forward in a positive way.
“All football clubs speak about their history, but Everton is in a unique position boasting a proud and celebrated heritage and unlike other clubs took the decision not to sell the current site off to the highest bidder. Building a thriving community whilst enhancing the lives and wellbeing of our neighbours in L4 is critically important to the plans and the Club want to hear people’s views on this too.”
Following the end of the consultation the public’s views will be considered before the Club submits a detailed planning application for the stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock which forms part of Peel L & P’s Liverpool Waters site and, at the same time, an outline planning application for the redevelopment of Goodison Park, by the end of the year.
Watch the full interview with Graeme and Gareth below: