Anfield Road, between Skerries Road and Lothair Road, will be closed to traffic between January 11 and 19, 2015 as construction work continues on the expansion of the Main Stand.
MAIL – Anfield redevelopment reaches milestone as final two houses are demolished to pave the way for 15,000 more seats
The Anfield redevelopment project reached another milestone on Thursday after the demolition of the final two houses on one side of the ground. Liverpool’s ground will expand by 15,000 seats by 2016.
• xxxxxx• xxxxxxThe owner of two houses wanted for demolition by Liverpool to expand their Anfield stadium has said he will not sell without significant compensation for years of blight in the area.Graham Jones, who together with a business partner owns No63 and 65 Rockfield Road, behind the main stand, accuses the club of deliberately running down the area down from the mid-1990s by buying up houses in the neighbouring streets and leaving them empty. At least one house the club owned in the row of terraces on Lothair Road was entered by vandals and set on fire.Liverpool city council is buying the houses Liverpool want knocked down, threatening legal compulsory purchase orders for any owners who refuse to sell.Of the 72 houses on both sides of Lothair Road, one side of Alroy Road, the corner of Rockfield Road and on Anfield Road, the council has revealed that eight remain a significant distance from having deals agreed. Fifty-one are already owned by the housing association Your Housing, the council or the club, which bought 10 between 1996 and 2000. The council says it has agreements in principle to buy 10 more, and advanced negotiations on a further three.The remaining eight are owned by four private landlords, including Jones, from whom the council is seeking to buy the houses for a price reflecting the area’s shattered state. One landlord, Paul Mahoney, whose company, MGS Estates, owns 5 Lothair Road, accused the council of “acting as a puppet of the club” in forcing people to sell so the club can expand Anfield and make more money, but said he is likely to agree a deal.Jones, however, told the Guardian he and his partner believe they have lost £500,000 in rent since the area declined and they struggled to find tenants for the houses, which they have now allowed to fall derelict.”Anfield was your average working class area until Liverpool football club began buying houses and leaving them empty because they wanted the streets knocked down,” Jones said. “It was dereliction by design, and the council allowed it. We’ve said we’re not interested in their offer, and we want our day in court.”The council leader, Joe Anderson, acknowledged that: “The people of Anfield have undoubtedly been let down in the past and more should have been done to protect residents and owners from blight over the last decade and more.”Unveiling new plans for improvements to the area, which has suffered from years of delay and U-turns by the club on its stadium proposals, Anderson emphasised the importance of making practical progress now, and said: “It is worth noting that the only owners with whom we have not reached agreement on acquisition are private landlords who do not live in the area and whose interests are purely financial. We will not allow a handful of private landlords to stand in the way of plans which will benefit everyone.”Mark Kitts, the assistant director of regeneration, described compulsory purchase orders as “the approach of last resort,” but said the council is prepared to use them if necessary to force Jones and the other landlords to sell.”We are confident a CPO will be successful,” Kitts said, “on the basis that we have a good plan, with wider economic benefits, which people holding out would be frustrating.”LiverpoolDavid Connguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds
ECHO – Liverpool FC News: Liverpool Football Club set to stay at Anfield and redevelop current stadium (GALLERY)
LIVERPOOL Football Club has decided to stay at Anfield.
Liverpool FC News: Demolition, renovation and hotel plans for Anfield pave way for Liverpool FC to stay put
PLANS to demolish a row of derelict houses next to Liverpool FC’s Anfield stadium and build a new hotel appear to have made it easier for the Reds to expand their current home.
Liverpool FC News: Liverpool council plans to demolish derelict homes in Anfield owned by Liverpool FC
LIVERPOOL city bosses plan to demolish houses left derelict by Liverpool Football Club in order to speed up the regeneration of the Anfield area.