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April 22, 2018

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Liverpool creates World Heritage taskforce

Liverpool

Liverpool has set up a special taskforce to examine how the city can maintain its UNESCO World Heritage Status (WHS). Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, has informed Heritage Minister John Glen, MP, of the establishment of the Liverpool World Heritage Board in a bid to work closer with the DCMS to “reset the relationship with UNESCO”.

The Mayor has appointed Sir David Henshaw, who was the chief executive at Liverpool City Council when the city received the status in 2004, to lead a team of experts including Sir Neil Cossons, former chair of English Heritage.

Joining Sir David and Sir Neil on the board – which meets for the first time today – will be: Claire Dove, Chief Executive of Blackburn House Group; Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice Chancellor of Hope University; Professor John Belchem, Emeritus Professor at University of Liverpool; and Professor Michael Parkinson, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for civic engagement of the University of Liverpool, with more appointments to be made in the coming weeks.

The move follows the annual summit of UNESCO which has recommend that it looks at whether to “delete” Liverpool from its World Heritage list at its next summit in July 2018.

In the letter to the Minister, who recently visited Liverpool to discuss the WHS issue, Mayor Anderson says: “We greatly value World Heritage Status and recognise that it brings huge benefits in terms of the city’s economy, identity and self-esteem.

“With the impact of austerity we have lost focus on communicating the importance of those benefits as effectively as we previously did.

“I welcome the UNESCO challenge as it will enable us to highlight all the city’s achievements and re-energise the heritage agenda which has been less visible than I would have liked.

“I have established a Liverpool World Heritage Board to review our position, involve all the city stakeholders and engage directly with UNESCO with objective or reaching agreement on the way forward.

“With the support and input of the DCMS I am sure this approach can ensure Liverpool’s World Heritage Status is secured.”

The creation of the board comes as the state of conservation within Liverpool’s Maritime Mercantile City WHS is at an all-time high.

A new survey has shown that almost £750m has been invested into historic assets within the UNESCO approved site including the upgrade of 37 listed buildings since 2012, 18 with council financial assistance, such as the Aloft Hotel, the award-winning Central Library and Stanley Dock.

Liverpool City Council’s cabinet has also endorsed a new WHS management plan to further enhance conversation efforts and visitor appeal.

The management plan, which was prepared in consultation with Historic England and the public, is one of the corrective measures the City Council has agreed with UNESCO to remove the site from the list of ‘World Heritage In Danger’.

The plan, which is based on five key themes includes guidance aimed at developers to explain the attributes of the ‘Outstanding Universal Value’ of the site and the conservation and management requirements under the World Heritage Convention.

The cabinet report highlighted that the council’s “Buildings at Risk” programme continues to be the most successful project of its type in England – with a 75% reduction in ‘at risk’ buildings in the past decade.

Liverpool has also recently been recognised as a world leader in sustainable heritage regeneration. It is the only city in the UK to have been awarded “Role Model” status and is part of Europe’s largest sustainable Heritage project Horizon 2020, which is examining how cities can use heritage as a powerful engine for economic growth.

 

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