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Fury cross the Mersey: Liverpool loses world heritage status

Civic leaders in Liverpool are expressing outrage after the English port city was stripped of its World Heritage status by the United Nations’ culture organization

7/22/2021 7:48:00 AM

Civic leaders in Liverpool are expressing outrage after the English port city was stripped of its World Heritage status by the United Nations ’ culture organization.

Civic leaders in Liverpool are expressing outrage after the English port city was stripped of its World Heritage status by the United Nations ’ culture organization

The Associated PressThe Beatles statues and Royal Liver Building, centre, on the waterfront area of Liverpool, which has been removed from the World Heritage List Wednesday July 21, 2021. The UN World Heritage committee found developments including the new Everton soccer stadium threatened the value of the city's waterfront. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

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LONDON -- Civic leaders in Liverpool expressed outrage Wednesday after the English port city was stripped of its World Heritage status by the United Nations’ culture organization.UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee voted in a secret ballot to remove the designation because of developments in the city center and on its historic River Mersey waterfront. The committee said the projects, including a planned new stadium for soccer team Everton, were “detrimental to the site’s authenticity and integrity” and had caused “irreversible loss of attributes.”

Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson called the decision “incomprehensible.”“I’m hugely disappointed and concerned by this decision to delete Liverpool’s World Heritage status, which comes a decade after UNESCO last visited the city to see it with their own eyes,” she said. headtopics.com

Anderson said the city would explore whether it could appeal, “but, whatever happens, Liverpool will always be a World Heritage city. We have a stunning waterfront and incredible built heritage that is the envy of other cities.”Liverpool was one of the world’s busiest ports in the 18th and 19th centuries, growing prosperous from trade in goods and — until the trade in humans outlawed by Britain in 1807 — slaves. The docks declined and became derelict in the 20th century, but have been restored with museums, shops, bars, restaurants and new housing developments, making Liverpool a symbol of urban renewal.

The city that gave birth to The Beatles was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2004, joining sites including India’s Taj Mahal, Egypt’s pyramids and the Tower of London.But it was placed on the organization’s heritage in danger list in 2012 amid concerns that modern development was marring the docklands’ historic character.

The World Heritage Committee, made up of representatives from 21 countries, was asked to decide Liverpool’s fate after an experts’ report said “inadequate governance processes, mechanisms, and regulations for new developments in and around the World Heritage property” resulted in “serious deterioration and irreversible loss of attributes.”

Steve Rotheram, mayor of the wider Liverpool region, said the decision was “a retrograde step that does not reflect the reality of what is happening on the ground.” Read more: ABC News »

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Serves them right. The UK is the center of the horrors of colonization. The whiteness that they represent should be stripped from the face of the earth. Liverpool is just the beginning. ¡Viva la Revolución! All of you Scousers should be up in arms!

Anger as UNESCO strips Liverpool of world heritage site statusUN’s cultural agency cited concerns over construction of buildings and a proposed football stadium that will change the landscape of the English city that gave birth to The Beatles.

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