From the Echo so you don't have to battle with the site (so apologies for any rubbish formatting/random speech marks/spelling as i haven't proof-read it):
Politician claims people of Liverpool 'do not like' council's Everton stadium plan
A prominent Liverpool politician has claimed that the people of the city 'do not like' a deal that will see the city council loan Everton hundreds of millions of pounds for a new stadium.
Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Richard Kemp has demanded that the city council holds a full debate on the authority's involvement in any stadium deal before the plans proceed.
It comes after Mayor Anderson described the proposal as a 'no lose situation' - arguing that the council and the city's residents will benefit more than Everton from the deal.
Speaking to DJ Pete Price, Mayor Anderson said people 'should be delighted' at the idea - because it will bring in £7m a year in profit for the council as well as around £1.4m in business rates.
The Mayor also said the loan - which would come from the government's Public Works Loan Board - would be "securitised", meaning that the council would not be at risk if the club found itself in adverse circumstances.
But Cllr Kemp, who has been a long-term critic of the plan, believes the majority of the city's taxpayers are not happy with the deal in its current form
He said: "In response to an e-mail from Mayor Anderson in early April I wrote to him on behalf of the Liberal Democrat Group. I set out three principles that we would need to agree before we could get involved in the scrutiny of the deal:
"1, that the Council should fully debate both the principle of having such a big involvement in a private sector company and debate the amount of borrowing that it would be wise for a council to have.
"2, that the scrutiny should review all aspects of the deal including all the infrastructure costs which would need to be paid for by the public sector outside the immediate environs of the ground itself. Letís not forget that the physical infrastructure of the docks was last looked at more than 170 years ago.
"Thirdly there would need to be as full a disclosure of the facts to the people of Liverpool as possible."
He added: "At the moment the people of Liverpool do not like this deal. We must debate these issues clearly and publicly in Council. Currently we have not even had a reply to this letter from the Mayor."
Cllr Kemp is not the only one asking for a meeting and a debate about the council's stadium plan.
Two of Liverpool's Constituency Labour Parties - West Derby and Walton - has passed motions calling for a city-wide meeting about the plan.
And the Jeremy Corbyn-loyal group Momentum also recently met to raise 'serious questions' about the council's involvement.
But Mayor Anderson has remained resolute in his assertion that the proposal will hugely benefit the cash-strapped council at a time when government cuts have forced them to make their own money via an 'Invest to Earn' policy.
He said: "It doesn't affect our borrowing, it doesn't affect what we spend on Adult Social Care or any other service we provide - we don't pay the loan back.
"In addition to that, the stadium business rates that they pay to the city council is £1.4m, so we will get £7m and £1.4m business rates every year."
He added: "It is a massive opportunity to accelerate growth in the area which brings in thousands of jobs and opportunities for new businesses - it is quite simply a no lose situation."