Liverpool stripped of World Heritage status with Everton’s Bramley Moore Dock stadium project cited as reason | Football news
Liverpool has been stripped of its UNESCO World Heritage status due to developments on the city’s waterfront, including the new Everton Stadium at Bramley Moore Dock.
The decision was made following a vote by members of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in China.
A report released in June by the committee said developments on the city’s waterfront had resulted in an “irreversible loss of attributes”.
A UNESCO statement read: “The historic center and the docks of Liverpool were inscribed to bear witness to the development of one of the world’s major commercial centers in the 18th and 19th centuries.
“The site also illustrated pioneering developments in modern wharf technology, transportation systems and port management.
“Any deletion from the World Heritage List is a loss for the international community and for the internationally shared values and commitments under the World Heritage Convention.”
Liverpool had been on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger since 2012 due to “concerns about the Liverpool waters development project”.
Liverpool received World Heritage status in 2004, joining sites such as the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.
It becomes only the third site to lose its status since the list began in 1978.
City Mayor Joanne Anderson called UNESCO’s move “incomprehensible”, saying: “I am extremely disappointed and concerned with this decision to remove Liverpool’s World Heritage status, which comes a decade later. UNESCO’s latest visit to the city to see it with their own eyes.
“Our World Heritage site has never been in better condition, having benefited from hundreds of millions of pounds of investment in dozens of listed buildings and in the public domain.
“We will work with the government to see if we can appeal but, whatever happens, Liverpool will always be a World Heritage city.
“I find it incomprehensible that UNESCO would rather have Bramley Moore Dock remain an abandoned wasteland, rather than make a positive contribution to the future of the city and its inhabitants.”
Everton plan to start building their 52,888-seat stadium at Bramley Moore Dock on July 26.
The club are hoping to move from Goodison Park to their new stadium for the start of the 2024/25 season.
Everton said the new stadium is expected to boost the economy of the £ 1billion city and provide up to 15,000 jobs for the local population (12,000 during the construction phase).
They estimate it will attract around 1.4 million visitors to the city, and more than £ 255million will be spent through local supply chains.
Everton declined to comment when contacted by Sky Sports News for an answer.