While it was to be expected, the consultation process led by Everton is a major show of support for the Toffees' relocation plans. The entire scheme, the proposed stadium design and the legacy plan for Goodison Park are all viewed very favourably by the fanbase.
Following last month's teaser announcement by Everton, now the final results of 2nd phase of public consultation has been revealed. Of course the club focuses on the most favourable numbers, as one would, which show overwhelming support for the entire scheme.
Out of the 43,039 participants, 98% responded in favour of the detailed design presented back in July, 96% support the club's overall plan of relocation, while 92% support what Everton is planning to do with Goodison Park once the move is finalised. The lowest support revealed is a still impressive 91% in favour of the mix of uses proposed to replace Goodison.
Even among non-Evertonians, of whom there were 2,726 among the surveyed populous, pledge support for the project 8 out of 10 times.
While clearly most vast majority of those reached must have had some interest in the development in order to participate, these numbers give great legitimacy to the scheme. Especially that mayor Joe Anderson cannot praise the consultation process enough.
“Everton has carried out a brilliant public consultation to ensure everyone has had the opportunity to have their say on their proposals.
“Their plans for Bramley-Moore Dock and Goodison Park, alongside our regeneration ideas for Ten Streets and Walton, have the potential to deliver a huge long-lasting economic and cultural boost for our communities in North Liverpool and across the entire city by creating new opportunities, jobs and visitor appeal.”