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UNESCO strips Liverpool of World Heritage status

Words: Huw Morris

Liverpool has been stripped of its World Heritage status. The decision to delete Liverpool was made at a UNESCO meeting in China, where delegates voted 13 to five in favour of the recommendation.

The move follows a UNESCO recommendation last month that Liverpool should be removed from the World Heritage List, citing the £5 billion Liverpool Waters project and the approval of plans for Everton FC’s stadium at Bramley Moore Dock as “serious deterioration and irreversible loss of attributes”.

The city was awarded the coveted title in 2004 in recognition of its historical and architectural impact, particularly the city’s history as a key trading centre during the British Empire and such landmarks as the Albert Dock area, which features more grade I-listed buildings than anywhere else in the UK.

But Liverpool has been on the UNESCO danger list since 2012, because the heritage body became increasingly concerned about the development of the city's north docks.

“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,” said Liverpool mayor Joanne Anderson.

“Our World Heritage Site has never been in better condition having benefited from hundreds of millions of pounds of investment across dozens of listed buildings and the public realm.”

Liverpool, which had been one of 32 World Heritage Sites in the UK, is the third to lose its status since the list began in 1978. The others are Oman’s Arabian Oryx Sanctuary in 2007 and the Dresden Elbe Valley in Germany in 2009.

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