Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has released a statement on the plans for a new Everton stadium at Walton Hall Park.
Anderson, a lifelong Evertonian, had stated earlier this year that there would be an announcement ‘in October’ although this statement is unlikely to set pulses racing.
There is opposition to the move from local residents, while Everton fans wonder how the club will afford to build on the park, and this statement will not allay any of that.
It does, however, reaffirm that both Everton Football Club and Liverpool City Council are serious about the plans.
The statement said, “The city council and Everton FC are still engaged in discussions about plans to develop a scheme at Walton Hall Park. I am disappointed that at this stage we have not reached agreement on a tangible proposition for a new stadium and, more importantly, a scheme which delivers comprehensive regeneration benefits for the area and employment opportunities for the wider community.
“It has been over 12 months since my initial announcement and I recognise the level of public interest in this site. I would like to thank people for their patience whilst discussions are ongoing and I will look to make a final announcement in the new year.
“I reiterate my commitment that any scheme brought forward, which has my support, will represent the best interests of residents and supporters alike.”