I was disappointed to read the initial proposals for the Melwood site and very much hope that Liverpool FC will reconsider this plan. I urge all affected local residents to contribute to the consultation raising their concerns - I will certainly be doing so. You can contribute via http://www.melwoodconsultation.co.uk/ or by using the hashtag #KeepLiverpoolAtMelwood on social media.
The excellent West Derby Society has launched a campaign to keep Melwood in West Derby and it is one I support fully. Liverpool FC have been a welcome and reassuring presence in West Derby for generations – it would be a real shame for that relationship to end.
My main concern with a proposal for new housing on the site is simply that I do not believe the roads in the surrounding area are suited toward the obvious amount of increased traffic a new development would generate. I am already speaking to Liverpool City Council at the moment regarding the increase in traffic from recent developments and would caution against anything that would exacerbate the problem.
I will monitoring this situation closely over coming weeks and months and hope that the club can be made to think again. Please do get in touch with me with to share your views on the plans.