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UNESCO removes Liverpool from World Heritage sites list

UNESCO removes Liverpool from World Heritage sites list

Liverpool has been stripped of its World Heritage status after a UN committee found developments threatened the value of the city's waterfront, BBC has reported.

The UK’s  historical city lost the World Heritage status at a time when Tanzania managed to convince UNESCO not to remove the Africa’s biggest Game Reserve, Selous, from the list.

The decision to strip the city from the list made following a secret ballot by the Unesco committee at a meeting in China.

It was reported that Unesco had previously warned that the developments, including the new Everton FC stadium, had resulted in a "serious deterioration" of the historic site.

The decision was described as "incomprehensible" by the city's mayor, BBC reported.  

"Our World Heritage site has never been in better condition having benefitted from hundreds of millions of pounds of investment across dozens of listed buildings and the public realm," BBC quoted Joanne Anderson.

Ms Anderson said she would work with the government to examine whether the city could appeal the decision, which comes "a decade after Unesco last visited the city to see it with their own eyes".

"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," she said.

Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram said the decision was "a retrograde step that does not reflect the reality of what is happening on 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.

SOURCE: BBC

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