Hillsborough tribute in Anfield revamp

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Image caption 96 Avenue will run alongside Liverpool's Anfield stadium

A street tribute to the 96 victims who died in the Hillsborough disaster is included in a £260m plan to regenerate the Anfield area of Liverpool.

A road outside Liverpool FC's stadium will be named "96 Avenue" and would lead to a public space called "Anfield Square" in draft proposals.

The plans also include new housing, a business hub, a hotel and expansion of the stadium, creating up to 700 jobs.

The draft plan will be considered by Liverpool City Council on 7 February.

Liverpool City Council is working with the Your Housing Group and Liverpool Football Club on the proposals.

A spokesman for the project said funding would come from a "cocktail" of sources and although it was not all in the place, they were "very confident" of obtaining funding for all elements of the plans.

Developers said 96 Avenue would host match-day and non match-day events and would largely be closed to vehicles.

'Important milestones'

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Image caption The tree-lined avenue would be used to host events

The road-naming tribute is dedicated to the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives in the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at the Hillsborough stadium.

As part of the plans, 96 Avenue will link Walton Breck Road High Street with Stanley Park while improving access for local residents to the park and the stadium.

The proposals include a 100-room hotel and new commercial and office premises in Anfield Square and a park hub with facilities such as a cafe and changing facilities in Stanley Park.

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said: "This is one of the most important milestones in the recent history of north Liverpool and will lead to a huge improvement in quality of life for many thousands of people."

If the draft plans are approved by the council's cabinet, a four-week public consultation will be held before the proposals are resubmitted for final approval.

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