JOINT STATEMENT ON LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB’S NEW STADIUM
redevelopment of Liverpool Football Club’s new stadium will start in
May. Top level talks between the club’s new owners George
Gillett, Tom Hicks, and Chief Executive Rick Parry with city council
Leader Warren Bradley and Director of Regeneration John Kelly gave
the go-ahead to the multi-million pound redevelopment.
Work on the final legal agreements between the city council and club
is almost complete which will allow work on the new stadium to start
next month under the existing planning permission granted last year.
A Joint Venture Company will be set up by the end of this month to
deliver the comprehensive regeneration of Stanley Park and the new
Community Partnership Centre.
Tenders for the refurbishment of Stanley Park will go out in April
with a contractor to be appointed and work starting by the end of
July, with the work completed by the end of 2008. A review of
the 60,000 capacity of the new stadium is being carried out by the
Club and consultations with fans are already underway.
Councillor Warren Bradley said:- “It has long been the dream
of fans, and the ambition of the club, to build a fantastic stadium
to rival the best anywhere in the world. Today, the decisions are
now on place to turn the dream of a new Anfield into a reality.
We have worked tirelessly with the club and its new owners, and the
final agreements are now almost in place to allow the work to start
in a matter of weeks. A world-class stadium, fit for a world-class
club and a word-class city, is now a real prospect. The
benefits will reach out much further than football. Our agreement
will secure the massive regeneration of the Anfield area and the
transformation of Stanley Park. Today will go down as a significant
date in the history of the club and the city.”
Liverpool FC’s Chief Executive Rick Parry said:- “We have been
working for many years with the city council and the community to
deliver not just a new stadium but also the regeneration of north
Liverpool. Our new owners have taken the sensible decision to
review the plans to enable us to create an even better stadium that
will serve the needs of the club and the fans for the next 50 years.
Already, some very exciting ideas are emerging and we are working
closely with the city council on the best way forward. We are
all endeavouring to ensure that the plans can be implemented, as
soon as possible while at the same time ensuring there is no delay
in the regeneration process. We are delighted with the working
relationship we have with the city council. Our goals are the same:
to create an incredible facility that the whole city can be proud
The announcement has effectively ended the possibility of a joint
stadium for the city’s 2 Premiership clubs. Despite full and frank
talks between the city council and the 2 clubs, the proposal had too
many unknowns and would have created significant delays which could
have put the entire new Anfield and Stanley Park project at risk.
Tenants Vote Yes for
Housing Stock Transfer
LIVERPOOL City Council today
announced that tenants had voted in favour of transferring the
authority’s remaining 15,500 homes to a new landlord. 11,129
tenants voted in the month long ballot, 8,653 (78%) of whom voted
The Council will now move forward with preparations to transfer
their remaining properties to Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH), a newly
formed tenant led housing association. LMH will provide
improvements such as central heating, double glazing, new kitchens
and bathrooms to homes that need them and will have access to nearly
£300 million in the first 5 years after transfer and nearly £900
million over 30 years to keep homes in tip top condition once
improvements have been completed.
Cath Green, Assistant Executive Director for Housing and
Neighbourhoods said:- “I am delighted with the response from
tenants who have voted overwhelmingly to support the transfer
proposals. There is an urgent need for major investment in
Liverpool’s housing stock. This transfer will facilitate the largest
programme of investment in social housing seen for generations”
With a mandate from tenants LMH are anticipating a rosy future ahead
for tenants. Bill Lacey, chair of LMH’s Shadow Board, said:-
“This is fantastic news, LMH has been working hard on setting up the
organisation and getting it ready for the transfer. Now that tenants
have resoundingly supported LMH we can continue confidently to
ensure we are ready to start improvements as soon as the stock
With the approval of the Secretary of State the Council proposes to
transfer homes to LMH by January 2008.
LIVERPOOL NAMED 3RD WORST CITY FOR MOBILE PHONE THEFT
A SURVEY by
CPP, finds out the worst cities for phone theft crime.
Liverpool is the 3rd worst city in the UK for mobile phone theft,
according to new research. 29% of Liverpool residents have
been a victim of mobile phone theft – with 1 in 10 cases involving
phones being snatched from bags.
The study showed thieves are most likely to strike in the evenings –
12% Liverpool folk admitted falling victim to phone theft while out
in one of the city’s night spots. And April and August had the
highest rates of phone theft in the city. The poll of 3,500
people by CPP, the UK’s leading life assistance business, revealed
that Glasgow is the worst place to live when it comes to mobile
phone crime, followed by Belfast.
31% of Glaswegians have been a victim of mobile phone theft – with
17% of cases involving phones being snatched from bags. 29% of
Belfast residents polled had experienced mobile phone theft – with 1
in 10 cases involving thieves grabbing the phones or handbags from
the victims in the streets. But the Irish are more vigilant
than Glaswegians, being twice more likely to report the theft
John Walkley, Head of Mobile Phone Security at CPP Phonesafe said:-
“It’s alarming how common mobile theft is becoming. A recent
study from the Metropolitan Police revealed as many as 10,000 mobile
phones are stolen every month. Most people rarely leave home
without their mobile phone, so it’s vital to always be on guard for
opportunists – especially if you are talking on the phone whilst
walking in the street, or have it on show in a pub or club.
The study also showed almost 2/3rds of people in the UK fail to
insure their mobile phone despite the fact that the average handset
would cost more than £200 to replace and airtime abuse can run into
several hundreds of pounds.”
12% of mobile phone theft victims in Liverpool confessed they had
not bothered to insure their handsets. Chelmsford and London
also appeared in the top 5 of place where people need to be more
vigilant with their mobile phones. Aberdeen and Norwich are
the cities which experienced the fewest incidents of mobile phone
TOP 10 CITIES FOR MOBILE PHONE THEFT
1. Glasgow (31%)
2. Belfast (29%)
3. Liverpool (29%)
4. Chelmsford (25%)
5. London (24%)
6. Bristol (23%)
7. Manchester (21%)
8. Leeds (21%)
9. Sheffield (19%)
10. Cambridge (19%)
LIKELIEST LOCATION FOR THEFT
1. Pub (22%)
2. Club (15%)
3. At work (10%)
4. High street (9%)
5. The home (9%)
6. Bus (7%)
7. Car (4%)
8. Supermarket (3%)
9. Train (3%)
10. On holiday abroad/ Shop (3%)
CPP top tips to help keep your mobile safe:-
1. Note down your IMEI number – printed on the inside of your
handset’s battery case – if your phone goes missing your service
provider can use this number to blacklist your phone.
2. Log an ICE number - Store the name and number of someone who
should be contacted in case of emergency in your phone book, adding
the letters ICE in front of their name.
3. If your phone has a security code, remember to activate it. This
means only your SIM card will work on your handset.
4. Be aware of who’s close to you if you need to make a call in
5. Use your phone's vibrate facility if it has one, so you can
decide whether it's safe before answering a call.
6. To help avoid abusive or bullying mobile calls or messages avoid
giving out phone numbers to anyone other than close friends and
7. Try to keep your phone as close to you as you would your iPod or
keys. It only takes a moment to be swiped by an opportunist.
8. Register your handset on the National Mobile Phone Register (www.immobilise.com).
It increases the likelihood of lost and stolen phones being retuned