(CNN) — It’s famous for its docks, the Beatles, and two world-renowned soccer teams — but now, Liverpool is going through a different kind of notoriety. The port city in northwest England — which built much of its fortune on slavery — has been stripped of its coveted UNESCO World Heritage status after an international committee decided that new developments in the city have taken too much of a toll on its historic fabric. The World Heritage Committee, which is currently in session in Fuzhou, China.
Previously, Liverpool had been one of 53 sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage in Danger list — a kind of watch list that allows authorities to seek global solutions to preserve the heritage at stake. It has been on the endangered list since 2012, having first been added to thein 2004 — a status awarded to other major tourist destinations, including Machu Picchu in Peru, the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, and Greece’s Acropolis. UNESCO said in a statement that the city had been “deleted” from the list “due to the irreversible loss of attributes conveying the outstanding universal value of the property.”
It called the development of Liverpool Waters — a decades-long planned regeneration of thedocks — “detrimental to the site’s authenticity and integrity.” The development’s proposal- including apartments, offices, shops, and hotels in the old docks- was responsible for Liverpool’s inscription on the endangered list in 2012. But locals say it has also been a crucial local jobs. A new stadium for soccer team Everton proposed for the Bramley-Moore docks was also cited by UNESCO as a factor in deletion.
Noting their “regrets,” the committee wrote that the “State Party has notof the Committee.” Joanne Anderson, mayor of Liverpool, has said she is “hugely disappointed and concerned” by the decision, claiming that UNESCO hasn’t thoroughly evaluated the city in “a decade” and calling the decision “completely wrong.” “Our World Heritage site has never been in better condition, having benefitted from hundreds of across dozens of listed buildings and the public realm,” she added.
“We will beto examine whether we can appeal, but Liverpool will always be a World Heritage city whatever happens. 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 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 positively contribute to the city’s future and its residents.”
Steve Rotheram, mayor of the Liverpool City Region, also condemned the move, calling it a “retrograde step that does not reflect theon the ground.” “Places like Liverpool should not be faced with the binary choice between maintaining heritage status or regenerating left-behind communities — and the wealth of jobs and opportunities that come with it,” he said. “Yes, there is some new development, but the forest of skyscrapers that bells in the first place simply hasn’t materialized. “UNESCO asked for a moratorium on growth in the city center. They were told thatit went against UK planning law.
“Since we’ve had a full UNESCO mission visit since 2011, invitations have been constantly made over the past decade tothis impasse,” UNESCO says that the last visit was made in 2015 — and that Isabelle Anatole Gabrielle, chief of desk of the World Heritage Center, also visited in 2017 to meet with city council representatives. Liverpool insists, however, that neither of these was a “full” visit. Liverpool is the Heritage Site to be deleted from the list, following the Elbe Valley in Dresden, Germany, and the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary in Oman. “Any deletion from the World Heritage List is a loss to the and the internationally shared values and commitments under the World Heritage Convention,” UNESCO said. The committee will evaluate whether global icons such as Venice and the Great .