The denial of Unesco World Heritage title to Liverpool has sparked outrage – ‘Spectacular own goal!’
Due to a waterfront construction, Liverpool’s Unesco World Heritage title has been revoked, provoking outrage that the decision was a “spectacular own goal.”
In 2004, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (Unesco) designated the city as a World Heritage Site, joining the Taj Mahal, Egypt’s Pyramids, and Canterbury Cathedral. The World Heritage Committee, however, agreed today to remove the monument from the list after a secret ballot. The decision sparked public outrage, with Liverpool mayor Joanne Anderson calling it “incomprehensible.”
“This decision to remove Liverpool’s World Heritage classification, which comes a decade after UNESCO last visited the city to see it for themselves, is profoundly disappointing and concerning,” Ms Anderson said.
“After hundreds of millions of pounds of investment across dozens of listed buildings and the public space, our World Heritage site has never been in better shape.
“We will engage with the government to see whether we can file an appeal, but Liverpool will always be a World Heritage city, regardless of what happens. We have a beautiful coastline and a magnificent built heritage that other cities lust after.
“Our commitment to maintaining and improving our buildings is as strong as ever, and it will continue to be a critical component of our efforts to attract visitors, as well as leisure, retail, and events.
“It is inconceivable to me that UNESCO would prefer Bramley Moore Dock to remain a dilapidated wasteland rather than contribute positively to the city’s and citizens’ futures.
“I’ll now try to bring all of the UK historical bodies together in a round table to build a good future with more investment,” she says.
After a report stated that “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,” the committee, which was made up of representatives from 21 countries, was asked to make the decision.
Discussions began on Sunday, but by Monday, members had failed to achieve a consensus, prompting delegates from Norway to urge that the matter be decided by a secret ballot.
Tian Xuejun, the chairman of the committee, stated that 20 votes had been cast.
Thirteen people voted in favor of removing the city, five people voted against it, and two voting papers were deemed invalid.
People were present. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”