Plans for a stadium for Everton FC at Liverpool Waters are far from “imaginary” and a deal is close to being agreed, according to Peel director Lindsey Ashworth and mayor Joe Anderson.
Both men have spoken out strongly to allay scepticism that the stadium move will happen. Everton has had on-off stadium relocation plans for decades without leaving Goodison Park.
Ashworth said: “We are optimistic about reaching heads of terms for the stadium at Bramley Moore Dock. I can’t say how excited we are at the prospect of having this as part of the Liverpool Waters mix.”
Anderson, in colourful mood writing on Twitter this week, responded angrily to one critic, who called the stadium “imaginary”. Anderson said: “Imaginary stadium my arse what happens is beyond your imagination, but it’s happening and real, get used to it.”
Everton FC said it has formed a partnership steering group to look at plans for relocation to the North Liverpool docks, and is holding a number of meetings with fans.