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LIVERPOOL’S UNESCO World Heritage title has been revoked, but why did the United Nations take this significant step?
Liverpool has been removed from the UK’s list of World Heritage Sites. In 2012, the city was added to the List of World Heritage in Danger after a committee determined that the Liverpool Waters development posed a threat to the site. Liverpool City Council has invested £700 million upgrading historic assets in recent years, with another £800 million planned for the next five years, according to the council.
After a UN commission determined that improvements in the area posed a threat to the city’s waterfront, Liverpool’s World Heritage title was revoked.
Following a secret ballot by delegates from 21 nations on the Unesco committee at a conference in China, the decision to deprive the city of its designation was adopted.
Thirteen of the twenty votes cast were in favor of depriving the city of its title.
Following repeated Unesco warnings, historic areas including well-known landmarks such as the Royal Liver Building were removed from the World Heritage list after 17 years.
A £5 billion waterfront project, according to Unesco, has resulted in a “irreversible loss of qualities.”
After citing concerns about the planned £500 million Everton stadium and other developments on the waterfront region, the World Heritage Committee made the judgment.
Despite protests from the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), acting on behalf of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Victorian Society, and Historic England, the Everton stadium plans were approved earlier this year.
The accepted stadium planning application was “directly contradictory to the methodology desired by the committee for this property,” according to a study evaluated by the World Heritage Committee.
Many prominent members of the Liverpool community have expressed their displeasure over the abolition of the city’s status.
The decision has been described as “very disappointing” by the government, which feels Liverpool deserves its designation “given the enormous role the historic docks and the greater city have played throughout history.”
Joanne Anderson, the mayor of Liverpool, described the decision as “incomprehensible.”
“This decision to remove Liverpool’s world heritage title, which comes a decade after UNESCO last visited the city to see it for themselves,” she said.
“Our UNESCO World Heritage Site has never been in better shape.” Brinkwire Summary News