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Everton fans have not taken the stadium delay news lightly

Another 12-month wait has been added to Everton’s proposed plans for the club’s new home.

Despite the previous chief executive Robert Elstone declaring hopes to move into the new ground at the Bramley-Moore Docks in 2022/23, planning permission is still yet to be submitted.

The recent announcement from the club that a one-year public consultation period will now commence has seen the first of what could be many delays, just weeks after finance chief Sasha Ryazantsev highlighted the board’s desire to learn from the mistakes of other stadium moves.

Not only is there now a public consultation period pushing plans back a year, but the Toffees board are also reconsidering plans to partly fund the venue change with a loan secured from Liverpool City Council and instead use only private funding.

In the club’s announcement, Chief Executive Officer Denise Barrett-Baxendale has said: “This consultation marks a very significant moment as we progress with this project.

“Our ambition is not just to create a new home for a very proud and historic football club but also a new landmark stadium, in an iconic setting, which will deliver huge regeneration benefits for the whole of the Liverpool City Region.”

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As a result of the progress, planning permission is now not expected to be submitted until the latter half of 2019, with a move unlikely until the 2023/24 season at least.

The lack of certainty over funds and the one-year push back has put fans on edge, having expected to see design plans in the not too distant future.

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