Everton have begun fresh talks with Liverpool City Council to reconsider possible locations for a new stadium. A joint statement stated that the negotiations were "positive" and that more discussions have been planned. The club had previously applied to build a new stadium as part of a complex in Kirkby, but the council opposed the club's application, which was rejected by the government in November. Everton want to increase capacity and corporate facilities at their home games and are unable to do so at their current ground, Goodison Park. They claim that the 40,100 capacity of Goodison Park creates "a huge financial disadvantage to overcome". City rivals Liverpool had plans for a 60,000-seater ground on Stanley Park approved in May 2008, although construction has yet to start. But despite Everton claiming they would consider sharing their new home, Liverpool have insisted they intend to retain sole use of the stadium.