London: Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City has been detached from UNESCO’s World Heritage list due to the irreversible loss of attributes conveying the outstanding universal value of the property UNESCO said.
The decision was taken by the World Heritage Committee, UNESCO after a vote held in Fuzhou, China.
Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City was listed in the World Heritage Site list in 2004 but since 2012 the threat of being delisted has surrounded Liverpool after UNESCO warned that new buildings had changed the city’s skyline and was damaging the heritage value of its waterfront.
According to the World Heritage Committee, these constructions are detrimental to the site’s authenticity and integrity.
Quoting the decision of UNESCO as incomprehensible the Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson said, “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. We will be working with the government to examine whether we can appeal.”
After the Elbe Valley in Dresden (Germany) and the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary (Oman), Liverpool is the third property to lose its World Heritage status.