Liverpool news Everton set for new stadium decision that could set 100-year legacy MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Dave Prentice looks ahead to what could be a momentous day in Everton history as Liverpool Council set for stadium planning decision
Breaking News ! The last time a potential Everton ground move was discussed at a formal meeting in the city, it ended in a row. The Liverpool College building on Shaw Street was the venue, January 25 1892 was the landmark date. And when a heckler decried Everton committee member George Mahon's suggestion that Everton should move to a new site, with the words "You can't find one!", Mahon produced a leasehold document with an elaborate flourish and declared: "I have one in my pocket!" Goodison Park, or Mere Green Field as it was then known, was the site Mahon had in mind. Read More Related Articles Everton new stadium costs revealed with almost 10,000 new jobs created Read More Related Articles 11 person committee that will decide on the future of Everton's stadium plans today And seven months later Everton were in situ - a stadium which became their home for the next 119 years. The current custodians of Goodison Park, Everton CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale and the club's Stadium Director Colin Chong, will present the club's case for the latest move at a meeting of Liverpool City Council's planning department today. The legacy project for Goodison Park will also be under discussion. And as is the case for every meeting in these pandemic hit times, it will be a virtual meeting. But there should be no recriminations or heckling this time round. The council's planning officer, Peter Jones, who authored the 200-page Planning Committee Report, has already recommended that the council approve Everton's plan. Once the day-long meeting has ended we should know whether his recommendation has been accepted. Planning committee members will have their say. Everton will put forward their own views. “Our stadium director Colin Chong and I will be presenting the club’s case at the meeting..
.to underline how important this stadium is - not only to our football club but also to our city, our region and our country at such an unprecedented time in our history,” said Denise Barrett-Baxendale.
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Then the committee will make one of three decisions: recommendation for approval, recommendation for refusal or a deferment if members need more information. Approval would be a significant step forward in the timeline of the Bramley-Moore Dock project. The application would then be scrutinised by central government, namely Robert Jenrick, Secretary of the State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. A decision would be expected within 21 days and should the project be approved then, focus will switch to funding, with Everton already confident funds will be released with a financial backer already lined up. Like that Shaw Street meeting 119 years ago, today's virtual gathering is of enormous historical significance. There should be no heckling this time, Professor Barrett-Baxendale will not be producing documents with elaborate flourishes. Everton's cards are already on the table. But make no mistake, this is another seismic day in the history of Everton Football Club. Mahon's "I have one in my pocket" statement is still being reported more than a century later. And the words uttered today could reverberate for the next 100 years or so.
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