‘Final warning’: Liverpool's Unesco status at risk over docks scheme

By Oliver Wainwright in Liverpool

City could be scrubbed from world heritage list unless regeneration plans for its historic waterfront are reconsidered

“This is the final warning shot,” says Henrietta Billings, director of the campaign group Save Britain’s Heritage. She’s talking about Liverpool and the oversized buildings that are threatening to do a lot more damage to the city than just clog up its waterfront. “Losing world heritage status because of crass planning decisions would be an international embarrassment, as well as a hugely costly mistake.”

Billings wants the city planners of Liverpool to heed the warnings of Unesco, the international organisation that has threatened to scrub the city from its coveted list of world heritage sites unless it reconsiders the regeneration plans for its historic docks. In it strongest warning to date, the watchdog has announced that this could happen as early as 2018. If the site is struck off, it will only be the second such deletion in Unesco’s history.

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