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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:14 am 
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STANLEY Park should become a historic football quarter in conjunction with the redevelopment of Everton’s ground, says a campaign group that opposed the club’s move to Kirkby.

In a presentation by Keep Everton In Our City (Keioc), secretary Colin Fitzpatrick told supporters the venture should “celebrate both football clubs” and generate vital funds for “the most deprived area in the city”.

Keioc also announced a relaunching of their own organisation, now renamed Keeping Everton In Our City, following successful opposition to the club’s Destination Kirkby plans.

In the land between Goodison Park and Anfield, Mr Fitzpatrick envisaged the development of a museum, a world centre for excellence in football, sport, science and business in partnership with one of the city’s universities, as well as leisure and community facilities, alongside performance areas to host concerts.

Mr Fitzpatrick said: “North Liverpool seems to be bypassed.

“It’s the most deprived area in the city and it’s got these two tremendous football clubs generating millions of pounds, but you wouldn’t know it walking around Anfield or Walton.” He said public bodies should be contacted to help fund the idea, which would also include the construction of new railway stations on the existing Merseyrail line to transport fans and tourists.

He explained: “It’s only three miles from the city centre and it’s also got an existing rail line across the back.

“How difficult would it be to build stations along that line, funded by a public body?

“It would be a service for the people that live there.”

Goodison Park itself would be redeveloped “incrementally”, said Keioc architectural consultant, Trevor Skempton, with an emphasis on retaining the “unique historic elements” of the ground.

Phase One and Two would see the club secure planning permission for a new “Hotel 1878” – to service tourism generated by the football quarter – and Park End, with subsequent construction increasing the stand’s capacity by 8,000.

Bullens Road Stand would be redeveloped in Phase Three, including the corner with Gwladys Street, to deliver an increase of 9,000 seats, with the sacrifice of 38 houses and the reconfiguration of Gwladys Street School.

Phase Four and Five would see the Main Stand and Gwladys Street Stand refurbished and modernised.

Trevor Skempton said: “It’s not right to offer a design.

“We want to offer a possibility to the club and then they should go and decide on architects and accountants.”

Mr Fitzpatrick added: “We need a different approach.

“Everton are a professional football club and we need to start acting with a bit of professionalism.”

The plans, said to have been developed with Liverpool FC fan group, Spirit of Shankly, will be presented to Everton FC shareholders on Monday, February 22

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