Liverpool is famous for its docks, the Beatles, and its two world-renowned soccer teams. Now, is undergoing change. Liverpool had built much of its fortune on slavery. Now it has been stripped of its coveted UNESCO World Heritage status.
The global committee made a decision that new developments in the city have taken too much of a toll on its historical fabric.
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee is currently conducting their meetings in Fazhou in China. That is where the decision was made to strip Liverpool their status.
The construction of a new stadium for Everton was cited as one of the reasons why Liverpool was deleted from the list of Heritage sites.
Joanne Anderson, mayor of Liverpool, stated that she is “hugely disappointed and concerned” by the decision. She called the decision “completely wrong.”
“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,” she added.
“We will be working with Government to examine whether we can 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.
“Our commitment to maintaining and improving our buildings remains as strong as ever and will continue to be a key part of our drive to attract visitors, along with leisure, retail and events.”
“I find it incomprehensible that UNESCO would rather Bramley Moore Dock remain a derelict wasteland, rather than making a positive contribution to the city’s future and that of its residents.”
Liverpool joins two other World Heritage Site to be deleted from the list. Elbe Valley in Dresden, Germany and the Arabian Oryz Sanctuary in Oman are also deleted.
“Any deletion from the World Heritage List is a loss to the international community and to the internationally shared values and commitments under the World Heritage Convention, ” UNESCO said in a statement.
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