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2 Everton stadium plans look back on track

Everton Football Club officials believe they have identified a site for a new 50,000-seat stadium to replace its current home of Goodison Park. Te club revealed plans in

2010 to build a £120m 50,000- seat stadium in Kirkby as part of a £400m mixed-use devel- opment, but the proposal was rejected by the government. Te new site sits within the

boundaries of Liverpool and the club is now consulting with Liverpool City Council to see if the new plan will be given the go-ahead. Robert Elstone, chief exec-

SPORT Calls for ‘legacy’ at Don Valley site

Richard Caborn, formerly MP for Sheffield and sports minister, has urged for an Olympic Legacy Park be built on the site of the for- mer Don Valley Stadium. Caborn, who served as

minister of sport between 2001 and 2007, met recently with Lord Sebastian Coe and the Olympic Legacy Cabinet Committee to provide an update on a proposed devel- opment for sport, health sciences and wellbeing. Te £40m project features

a 25,000-seat multi-sport community stadium, with an administrative quarters for the National Centre for Sport Exercise and Medicine as well as a technical college and engi- neering faculty for Sheffield Hallam University. The proposals – backed by Sheffield City

Plans include a stadium and a Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine Already Sheffield has been given £10m by the

Council, the city’s two universities, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the Local Enterprise Partnership and Sport England – will also include the refurbishment of Woodbourn Road athletics site, with the latter anticipated to be run by Sheffield Hallam University.

Government for Olympic legacy developments at Graves and Concord, along with a new swimming pool set to be installed at High Green. Some elements have been secured, although a

council member told Leisure Opportunities that it was “very early days with many hoops to go through,” before the full redevelopment on the stadium part of the proposal gets underway. Details:

Everton FC is looking to move from its historic home of Goodison Park

utive for Everton, said: “Te stadium remains a big priority. Te board is currently looking not only at this opportunity, but also the associated risks and the debt that the club may well have to take on if we are going to deliver this major development. “Everton Football club certainly wouldn’t

be investing what we are without thinking it had a significant chance of achieving success.”

Read Leisure Opportunities online: Te previous plans fell through when then

communities secretary John Denham decided that the move would breach shopping policy which discourages major supermarket chains from taking business away from town and city centres. Te initial scheme also included new retail outlets, restaurants, a hotel and office space. Details:

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