Liverpool was named a World Heritage Site by the cultural organization of the United Nations in 2004, joining landmarks such as the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. After a vote in China by members of its World Heritage Committee, UNESCO said Liverpool’s new buildings were undermining the city’s “authenticity and integrity”.
Liverpool – the birthplace of the Beatles – was inscribed on the heritage list in recognition of its role as one of the most important ports in the world in the 18th and 19th centuries and for its architectural beauty.
Joanne Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, said the decision to remove the city from the list was “incomprehensible” a decade after the last visit by UNESCO officials. Anderson said she hopes to appeal the decision.
“I am extremely disappointed and worried,” she said. “Our World Heritage site has never been in better condition, having benefited from hundreds of millions of pounds of investment. “
The only other sites previously stripped of the title are a wildlife sanctuary in Oman in 2007 after poaching and habitat loss and the Elbe Valley of Dresden in Germany in 2009 when a four-lane bridge was built over the river.
The heritage label allows historic sites to access UN conservation funding and feature in tourist guides around the world.
The threat of delisting has hung over Liverpool since 2012 after UNESCO warned apartment and office projects would destroy the city’s skyline.
Plans for Everton Football Club’s new stadium on part of the old docks were approved earlier this year over objections from conservation organizations.