Liverpool council defend regeneration plans for Anfield area
Football club's policy of buying houses has been attacked
Tuesday 07 May 2013
Liverpool City Council insists plans for the regeneration of the Anfield area remain on track.
A newspaper report criticised the football club's long-established policy of buying houses around the stadium - and then leaving them empty - to prepare for a ground expansion.
Residents still living in the shadow of the Anfield ground are unhappy that a process which began in the mid-1990s has left the area derelict and in decline, and has adversely affected the price of their own homes - the final ones which will be targeted ahead of the revamp.
Householders claim they are not being offered the proper value and, although the football club have not commented, Liverpool City Council insists cases are assessed on an individual basis and in some cases people have been paid above the market price.
The council, which is planning a community-wide consultation process in the coming months, is also keen to stress redevelopment of the stadium and the regeneration of Anfield as an area are not both driven by the football club.
"Since last autumn, we have been developing a robust set of plans for the area which are absolutely on track," said a council spokesman.
"We will be giving an update about the next steps in the coming months.
"This will include working with the local community on a blueprint for the wider regeneration of Anfield.
"We are unshakably committed to delivering regeneration for the people of Anfield."
Latest in Sport
West Ham vs Arsenal match report: Sam Allardyce fumes at referee as Arsenal push on towards top four
Tottenham vs Manchester United match report: Hugo Lloris blocks Manchester United from putting pressure on Premier League title rivals
Liverpool vs Swansea preview: 'Jonjo Shelvey is lazy, he needs to wise up,' says Garry Monk
Arsenal transfer news: William Carvalho to be subject of £20m bid
West Ham 1 Arsenal 2 player ratings: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? Andy Carroll? Alexis Sanchez? Who was the star man?
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 2 Doctors remove 80 teeth from boy's jaw
- 3 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 5 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk