Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Protect Liverpools World Heritage Site from Liverpool Waters
Responsible department: Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Due to the threat to a Unesco World Heritage Site from the development known as Liverpool Waters it would be most appropriate if the government "called in" this application for scrutiny.
Mission’s Conclusion and Recommendation
The mission concludes that if the proposed Liverpool Waters scheme as outlined during the mission would be implemented, the World Heritage property would be irreversibly damaged, due to a serious deterioration of its architectural and town-planning coherence, a serious loss of historical authenticity, and an important loss of cultural significance. It strongly recommends that the three principal stakeholders, being Liverpool City Council, Peel Holdings and English Heritage, reconvene around the table.
The government must not let Liverpool lose its WHS status for a speculative scheme that lacks the skill to create a 21st century city that respects its heritage assetts.