Campaigners from across Liverpool say they will continue to fight against plans to develop Walton Hall Park into Everton FC’s new ground.
Friends of Walton Hall Park are against the development, which would see Everton get a 50,000-seater stadium plus 1,000 new homes and 30,000 square metres of leisure, retail and restaurant space.
The council says it will bring in much-needed revenue while providing a suitable home for the football club’s future.
During the consultation, more than 2,000 signatures were gathered on a petition to stop the development and the group’s campaign shows no sign of slowing.
Supporters of the park are now banding together with other groups including Save Sefton Meadows, Save Calderstones Park, Save Woolton Woods and Save Manweb Fields, to create one super campaign group – Save Our Green Space (Liverpool).
Chrisie Byrne, supporter of Friends of Walton Hall Park, told the ECHO: “Everton think this is a done deal, but we are going to fight them all the way. This is not about the football club itself – if it was plans for a cricket ground we’d be up in arms about that too.
“This us about the residents losing their park. That’s why all the support groups have got together, we are meeting every month to discuss out next plan of action.
“The council say that the park is underused but we are carrying out a questionnaire for park users and working with other groups to come in to do surveys on the park.”
Chrisie added: “There is nothing in the plans that’s going on that park that will suit the people already living here. Everton get a new stadium and the council get their council tax but what do we get?”
The Friends are also working on a proposal to run the park themselves.
Chrisie said: “We are quite happy to work with all the partners, including Liverpool council, to persuade them not to touch the park and offer them some alternatives.
“We understand Liverpool City Council are in debt and they’ve got to find money and they are saying they are spending to much maintaining it.
“What we are suggesting is that the park be community assetted to us and let the community run the park. We have more than 300 supporters and volunteers who are willing to do anything to save their park.
“It’s not just us who use the park, there are so many community groups who need this vital amenity.”
Earlier this month Mayor Joe Anderson launched a Green Strategy Group, chaired by actor and environmentalist Simon O’Brien, to scrutinise green spaces across the city.
Mayor Anderson said: “We are committed to producing a visionary Local Plan which will guide Liverpool’s growth, economic development and regeneration while crucially protecting its heritage and green space.
“Therefore, the city will proceed with gathering robust and current evidence and assess demand for new housing, employment, leisure, recreation, shopping and other uses.
“However, Liverpool’s residents need to have the confidence that this process will examine the sustainability of our current green space for the future.”