Liverpool have been stripped of their UNESCO World Heritage status because of their developments on the waterfront. The biggest development is the new stadium of Everton Football Club. The decision was taken by a vote of the World Heritage Committee. A report suggested that developments made by the city had caused an “irreversible loss of attributes”.
“Liverpool’s historic centre and docklands were inscribed for bearing witness to the development of one of the world’s major trading centres in the 18th and 19th centuries.” a statement by the UNESCO World Heritage committee referring to Liverpool said. “The site also illustrated pioneering developments in modern dock technology, transport systems and port management. Any deletion from the World Heritage List is a loss to the international community and to the internationally shared values and commitments under the World Heritage Convention.”
Liverpool was handed world heritage status in 2004 along with sites such as the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal. They are the third state to lose its status since the inception of the list in 1978. The city has been on the World Heritage list of danger since 2004 following developments on the waterfront.
“I’m hugely disappointed and concerned by this decision to delete Liverpool’s World Heritage status, which comes a decade after UNESCO last visited the city to see it with their own eyes.” Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson said. “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.”