Liverpool stripped of World Heritage status
Liverpool has lost its World Heritage status because of developments on the city’s waterfront.
A secret ballot by the Unesco committee at a meeting in China decided to strip the status.
Unesco had previously warned that the developments, which include Everton FC’s new stadium, had resulted in “irreversible loss of attributes”.
The decision was described as “incomprehensible” by Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson.
Liverpool is the third site to lose its World Heritage status since the list began in 1978.
The city was awarded the title in 2004 in recognition of its historical and architectural impact. fea
It recognised Liverpool’s history as a major trading centre during the British Empire and its architectural landmarks.
But in June, the World Heritage Committee said developments on the waterfront had resulted in “irreversible loss of attributes”.
They also cited football club Everton’s new stadium, which is being built at Bramley Moore Dock.
It cited the Liverpool Waters project and Everton’s new stadium, which is being built at Bramley Moore Dock.
Nearly 30 figures from politics, football and academia signed a letter to The Times in June, in which they urged Unesco not to strip the city of its status.
They said the £500m Everton stadium – in one of the city’s poorest areas – would “bring millions of people to the shores of the Mersey”, where they would learn about “the city’s and Britain’s maritime past”.
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