UNESCO has stripped the city of Liverpool of its world heritage status due to the “irreversible loss” to the historic value of Victorian docks following years of development.
The UN’s heritage body said the “outstanding universal value” of Liverpool’s waterfront had been lost to new buildings, including Everton football club’s £500m stadium.
In 2012, UNESCO warned that Liverpool was on the brink of being stripped of the status it had been awarded in 2004 because development was changing the city’s skyline and waterfront.
The UN agency said developments such as the £5.5bn Liverpool Waters project by Peel Group had caused “serious deterioration and irreversible loss” to the area’s heritage value as well as “significant loss to its authenticity and integrity”.
The city is the third place to lose the status in the past 50 years, with the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary in Oman delisted in 2007 and the Dresden Elbe valley in Germany losing its status in 2009.
Liverpool city mayor Joanne Anderson told The Guardian she was “hugely disappointed and concerned” and was considering lodging an appeal on behalf of the council, as UNESCO has not visited the city in the last decade…
Main image: Liverpool city centre viewed from the Anglican Cathedral. Photo from Wikimedia Commons