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Liverpool stadium indecision hinders regeneration

Housing minister Grant Shapps has told Liverpool Football Club that its indecision over whether to expand its current stadium or build a new one is holding up local regeneration.

Shapps wrote to Liverpool Football Club managing director Ian Ayre in a letter that the future regeneration of Anfield, one of Liverpool’s most deprived communities, rests on the club’s decision over whether to expand and redevelop the existing Anfield Road stadium or build a new one in nearby Stanley Park.

Shapps said a clear decision by the club could contribute to a resurgence in private sector enterprise and would lead to significant regeneration in an area of high deprivation.

“On my visit last month I saw for myself the impact that the decision yet to be taken by Liverpool Football Club will have on the area, and how much the local people in Anfield need certainty and a definite decision on the future of their neighbourhood,” Shapps said.

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