Liverpool, UK becomes the third site deprived of UNESCO World Heritage status
The city of Liverpool in the United Kingdom was removed from the World Heritage List by UNESCO on Wednesday because the new building destroyed the attractiveness of its Victoria Dock, making it the third location to be removed from the famous list.
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.
Members of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee voted in China that Liverpool’s new buildings are destroying the “authenticity and integrity” of the city.
Liverpool-the home of the Beatles-was included on the heritage list in recognition of its role as one of the most important ports in the world and its architectural beauty in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The mayor of Liverpool, Joanne Anderson, said the decision to remove the city from the list was “puzzling” ten years after a UNESCO official visited. Anderson said she hopes to appeal the decision.
“I am very disappointed and worried,” she said. “Our World Heritage Site has benefited from hundreds of millions of pounds of investment, and the situation has never been better.”
The only other locations previously deprived of the title 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-lane bridge was built over the river .
Heritage labels enable historic sites to receive UN protection funds and appear in travel guides around the world.
Since 2012, the threat of delisting has hung over Liverpool after UNESCO warned that plans for apartments and offices would destroy the city’s skyline.
Despite opposition from protection agencies, Everton Football Club’s plan to build a new stadium on part of the former pier was approved earlier this year.