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Liverpool pleads with UNESCO to let it keep World Heritage status

2021 Jun 20, 9:57, London
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Civic leaders in Liverpool Saturday pleaded with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)'s World Heritage Committee to keep the city's World Heritage status.

A letter, signed by City Mayor Joanne Anderson, Liverpool Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and the CEOs of English Premier League clubs Everton FC and Liverpool FC, has been sent to the committee ahead of a critical decision over the city's World Heritage status to be made in July.

Local media in Liverpool reported that key figures from Liverpool's cultural, economic and academic sectors have also signed the joint letter.

Liverpool has, since 2012, been on UNESCO's register of sites in danger over major redevelopment plans for large areas of the city's waterfront dockland area which falls within the zone covered by the coveted status.

The recent decision by Liverpool Planning Committee to give a go-ahead to Everton FC to build a new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock within the World Heritage area, has brought the plight of the city's World Heritage status into sharp focus ahead of the World Heritage Committee meeting in late July.

"In advance of the World Heritage Committee meeting in July, we are asking the committee members to defer any decision on the city's status and, instead, accept an invitation to visit Liverpool at some point during the next 12 months," the signatories said in their letter.

"On the issue of Liverpool's World Heritage Site, we would like to make it absolutely clear that the city does not want to lose this status," they added.

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