The British port city became the third place to be revoked by the United Nations Cultural Organization.
The British port city of Liverpool has been removed from the UNESCO World Heritage List, making it the third site to be removed from the famous list.
Due to the development of the city center and its historic Mersey waterfront, the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Cultural Organization voted to cancel the name in a secret ballot on Wednesday.
The committee stated that these projects, including the planned new stadium for the local football club Everton, “are not conducive to the authenticity and integrity of the venue” and have caused “irreversible property losses.”
But Liverpool’s civic leaders expressed indignation at the decision, which was made ten years after UNESCO officials visited the city last time.
The local mayor, Joanne Anderson (Joanne Anderson) called the move “puzzling.”
“I am very disappointed and worried,” she said.
“Our World Heritage Site has benefited from investments of hundreds of millions of pounds, and the situation has never been better.
“However, no matter what happens, Liverpool will always be a World Heritage city. We have an amazing waterfront and an amazing architectural heritage that other cities envy.”
-Liverpool City Council (@lpoolcouncil) July 21, 2021
Regeneration of waterfront
Liverpool was named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Cultural Organization in 2004, alongside landmarks such as the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The city is home to the famous British rock band The Beatles, and was included on the list for its role as one of the most important ports in the world during the 18th and 19th centuries and the beauty of its architecture.
The dock declined and was abandoned in the 20th century, but as museums, shops, bars, restaurants and new housing developments were restored, Liverpool became a symbol of urban renewal.
The only other sites previously deprived of the title of World Heritage Site were a wildlife sanctuary in Oman after poaching and habitat loss in 2007, and the Elbe Valley in Dresden, Germany, in 2009, when a four-story building was built on the river. Lane bridge.
Heritage labels enable historic sites to receive UN protection funds and appear in travel guides around the world.
‘One step retrograde’
The threat of being delisted by UNESCO has been looming over Liverpool since 2012, after the agency warned that plans for apartments and offices would destroy the city’s skyline.
An expert report deliberated by the World Heritage Committee before its decision on Wednesday stated that “the governance procedures, mechanisms, and regulations for new developments within and outside the world heritage are imperfect” resulting in “severe deterioration and irreversible loss of attributes.
Despite opposition from protection agencies, Everton’s plan to build a new stadium on part of the city’s former wharf was approved earlier this year.
But the broader mayor of Liverpool, Steve Rotherham, said that UNESCO’s move was “a step backwards and did not reflect the reality of what is happening there.”
“Many of the sites cited by UNESCO are located in communities that are in desperate need of investment,” he said.
“Places like Liverpool should not face the dual choice between maintaining heritage status or reviving left-behind communities-and the large number of jobs and opportunities that come with it.”