How many times can Liverpool get away with bluffing Unesco.
Last year there were frantic negotiations between Unesco and UK officials at DCMS to save Liverpool's deletion from The World Heritage register.
After the UK Government gave assurances to The United Nations it was decided that Liverpool would not be deleted, pending strict criteria that had to be met.
Previous years had seen Unesco requesting a moratorium of new high rise developments in response to growing concern that the Liverpool planning authority were out of control and were not able to monitor developments in a manner appropriate for a city with World Heritage Site Status. Lime Street/Skelhorne Street developments were of particular concern.
Just look at the mediocrity that has been built.
For over a decade now Liverpool has been running the Unesco deletion gauntlet. Dodging the bullet, its leaders acting like naughty schoolboys pretending they don't understand whats going on, promising they will uphold World Heritage principles.
All this whilst the Mayor of Liverpool was declaring publicly that World Heritage site Status is just a badge on the wall at the Town Hall.
This is the crude past of Liverpool rearing its ugly head yet again.
The lack of class within this city is the reason Liverpool was put on the World Heritage “At Risk” register, at the very same year that Aleppo and The Temple of Palmyra (That was subsequently destroyed by The Taliban).
The relentless push for development by Labour led council seems a throwback to an era that has blighted Liverpool's past.
My favourite bar was Kirklands, people come from all over the country to this trendy establishment housed in a Grade II listed old bakery. Look what they have done to it surrounded by …....student flats. A quick look round the corner shows how it also blights St Andrews Church Grade I listed that we fought to save despite the Council selling it to a convicted fraudster.
And look at what they have done to Lime Street. It is an architectural anachronism, made worse by the fact that each end of this monstrous carbuncle there are Grade II listed buildings. And all this adjacent the Historic Listed Lime street Station and St Georges Hall.
Lets not mention, oh alright we will, The Blind School opposite The Philharmonic Hall on Hardman Street.
It is with the deepest regret that I say, reluctantly that my city has been butchered to the state that its beautiful and historic listed structures now look alien in their own environment. The city can not face this relentless roller coaster of glass shoe boxes in the World Heritage Site.
Why does this current Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson want us to lose World Heritage Site Status?
He dodges the criticism through his £95,000 a year press agent who is there to assist his public persona. But Mayor, Joe Anderson has to take the blame for the mess that is Liverpool's architectural blight.
At this very moment in time with a World Heritage Committee meeting taking place in BAKU on 30th June 2019, there are no signs or a whisper of this International event that effects the city of Liverpool, from Liverpool City Council.
Hardly surprising that UNESCO have now made recommendations to delete Liverpool from the World Heritage list on 2020 after all the promises made to them by the UK government have cumulated in nothing but a smoke screen for dodgy developments led by The Mayoral Investment Fund.
Liverpool were given a lifeline after promising a new tall buildings policy.
Unesco have been requesting a DSoCR (Desired State of Conservation Report) since 2005.
A Desired State of Conservation Report for the removal of the property from the “At Risk” Register was urgently requested by The Unesco World Heritage Centre for Europe in 2011.
It now appears that, after years of bluff and bravado by Liverpool City Council, Unesco have not received satisfactory documentation to believe that Liverpool and the UK Government are taking the matter seriously.
At one stage The DCMS who are ultimately responsible for all UK World Heritage Sites stated that they are powerless in the wake of the relentless push and lack of overall monitoring of Liverpools Planning Authority.
Unesco have stated quite clearly that Everton FC's proposed Stadium at Bramley Moore Dock is against the previous World Heritage Committee decisions for further developments.
Unesco state “ It is regrettable that the consultation process did not adequately address potential impact on the OUV of the property, nor alternative locations and the public were not informed about the potential negative consequences”
To put it in context Joe Anderson, an Everton supporter is pulling the wool over the publics eyes in favour of his friends at Peel Holdings.
Joe Anderson was elected on a ticket that declared the creation of 20,000 jobs within The proposed Liverpool Waters development.
Eight years later not a single brick has been laid.
Lets see what Unesco think.
I, and my heritage colleagues have spent 15 years warning consecutive council leaders of the threat to losing World Heritage Site Status.
Whilst understanding the need to regenerate we have tried to advise that the OUV or put it more clearly the aesthetic values of this great city were being eroded by the monotonous desire to build vertical blocks of student flats that will become tenements of the future.
Last year it was declared that Liverpool had escaped deletion from the list.
This news was distorted into a good news story. Maybe it was.
But it is only prolonging the eventual in my opinion.
It has broken my heart watching my cherished views be despoiled by inappropriate urban development that is no more than civic vandalism sanctioned by a local authority, led by no more than Spivs.
And even now the news of Liverpool's proposed deletion from The World Heritage List is being suppressed.
Ms Isabelle Anatolle-Gabriel from Unesco even made a visit to the city in 2017 to address the threat to the public direct.
The world news that will be created by this devious intention to fluff the pockets of a few council friendly developers will have ramifications for every citizen of the city of Liverpool.
Liverpool World Heritage site status that Joe Anderson described as no more than a badge on the wall, at the Town Hall, will have to be replaced, by a badge of shame.
https://whc.unesco.org/en/soc/3881 Read more by clicking the link.
Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports
It is plain that we are up for deletion from the World Heritage List in June 2020.
This time we may not escape. Read the Unesco Draft Decision below.