Reports today suggest construction on Liverpool’s new Anfield stadium will begin in April.
Councillor Warren Bradley told the Liverpool Echo and Radio City that he has been told by the club they hope to make progress on the new stadium in the first quarter of 2010.
Plans to build a new 60,000 seater stadium on Stanley Park have stalled under owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett and has been a major gripe among Liverpool fans angry at the duo’s running of the club.
Cllr Bradley told the Echo newspaper: “Liverpool FC’s Christian Purslow has told us that the club in the first quarter of next year should be able to move forward with the stadium.
“We have told them it’s time to move on now, it’s gone on too long.
“I honestly believe Christian Purslow has been open and honest with us. Hopefully in the first quarter of next year we will see some movement. Without doubt it’s not before time.”
Financing of the new stadium, which is estimated to cost around £400m when complete, has been a major issue for Hicks and Gillett and it is widely reported they have been seeking investment from outside the club to help fund the stadium.
Recently Purslow, the club’s managing director, provided assurances the stadium will be complete by 2018 should England win the bid to host the World Cup.