Up until a few days ago only two sites had suffered the ignomy of removal from the World Heritage list: the Arabian Oryx Reserve in Oman and the Elbe Valley near Dresden, Germany. Now Liverpool joins them, meaning 33% of the sites are British.

However, it’s quite possible that in the next few months both Stonehenge and the Old & New Towns of Edinburgh will also lose their designation. Director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, Michteld Rossler, noted that Liverpool had been warned many years ago about the danger of being crossed out. – It is very painful to remove a site from the World Heritage List. The deletion proposal is only made when we have an analysis that concludes that the special universal value of a place has been lost and is in our analysis, she said.

If it happens to the other two sites the British Government has been warned about it will mean 60% of the neglected World Heritage sites are British.

Neglect of World Heritage monuments