Everton to hold fresh stadium talks

Everton have confirmed they will enter into fresh talks with

Liverpool City Council over a new stadium.

A date of January 11 has been set aside for the two sides to

meet following the Government rejection of a planning application

for a new stadium in nearby Kirkby.

The £400million development for a 50,000-seater stadium,

in partnership with Tesco, collapsed last month.

Liverpool City Council were one of the opponents to

Destination Kirkby but will send a high-ranking delegation to meet

with Everton in the New Year. Those talks were promised in the wake

of the Kirkby decision, and now Everton will want to see what new

venues for a stadium inside the city boundaries will be suggested

by the council.

It is considered that redeveloping the current Goodison Park

site is far too expensive. Everton’s Head of PR Ian Ross said:

“Throughout the Destination Kirkby process, Liverpool City Council

always made it clear that if the project was to fail they would

step forward and seek to help us.

“As a consequence, a working group is to be formed and

meetings held to actively explore all the options and possibilities

which are open to Everton.

“Despite the disappointment of seeing our proposed move to

Kirkby collapse, we, as a club, remain convinced that a move to a

new home is not only the right way forwards but the only way

forwards.

“Of course, it does remain to be seen if the City Council can

provide us with the level of help and assistance which we will

require if we are to locate to any new stadium within the Liverpool

boundaries but we will enter these preliminary talks with a measure

of optimism.”

City Council leader Warren Bradley, an Everton fan, added:

“We have got a meeting with Everton where we will put all our cards

on the table.

“I will be there as will be council chief executive Colin

Hilton and executive director of regeneration John Kelly. We want

to make sure that we can facilitate things for Everton.”