Blues CEO Bobby Boy has reiterated that the Blues plans for a New Stadium is not dead in the water after meeting with Council Chiefs and the part time fireman, developers and land owners to look at some ideas. Bobby Boy is familiar with all the sites on offer, which include one in Aintree (hopefully not our pub), Speke and Scotty Road. Also Bobby has commissioned an architect to look at the feasibility of re developing Goodison, which would be music to all Blue's fans, but as he points out, we have to contend with a school, church, boozer and peoples homes in sorting that one out.
Lets all not get too excited though, as the stumbling block will always be finance, but as me 'arl man always used to say, 'where there's a will there's a way.' Good luck Bobby Boy.
Bobby Boy says: "We've met with developers and land owners and we've also commissioned a fresh look at Goodison Park with a highly-recommended architect who had no involvement in Kirkby or our previous reviews of Goodison. He's currently looking at previous plans alongside developing his own ideas. Of course, the well-reported challenges remain: roads, shops, houses, a school, a church, a pub, a garage most of which will need to be addressed in one way or another for us to go forward in a way that makes commercial sense. In short, the challenges of working with a stadium footprint.
'There are many examples of council-led or partnered stadium developments in football over the course of the past decade. We hope, between us, we can create a scheme which, in the first instances passes our basic test of 'affordability' and, ultimately, becomes a reality. Several sites have been identified. All are familiar to us and all had been assessed previously but this doesn't mean we'll come to the same conclusions as circumstances change. The economy, in all respects, changes from day to day and we have to refresh our conclusions and look for new opportunities. I hope we are able to report progress in the near future."
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