image copyrightPA Mediaimage captionThe city has been a focus for popular cultural events, like the Liverpool Giants in 2018

Liverpool has been stripped of its World Heritage status because of developments on the city's waterfront.

The decision was made following a secret ballot by the Unesco committee at a meeting in China.

Unesco had previously warned that the developments, which include Everton FC's new stadium, had resulted in "irreversible loss of attributes".

The decision was described as "incomprehensible" by Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson.

"Our World Heritage site has never been in better condition having benefitted from hundreds of millions of pounds of investment across dozens of listed buildings and the public realm," she added.

Ms Anderson said she work with the government to examine whether the city could appeal the decision, which comes "a decade after Unesco last visited the city to see it with their own eyes".

"I find it incomprehensible that Unesco would rather Bramley Moore Dock remain a derelict wasteland, rather than making a positive contribution to the city's future and that of its residents," she said.

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Liverpool becomes only the third site to lose its World Heritage status since the list began in 1978, the other two being Oman's Arabian Oryx Sanctuary in 2007 and the Dresden Elbe Valley in Germany in 2009.

The city was awarded the much-coveted title in 2004 in recognition of its historical and architectural impact, joining places including the Taj Mahal, Egypt's Pyramids and Canterbury Cathedral.

It recognised Liverpool's history as a major trading centre during the British Empire and its architectural landmarks.

image copyrightEverton FCimage captionAn artist's impression of Everton's new stadium, which is being built at Bramley Moore Dock

However, a report in June by the World Heritage Committee said developments on the city's waterfront had resulted in "irreversible loss of attributes".

It cited the Liverpool Waters project and Everton's new stadium, which is being built at Bramley Moore Dock.

Unesco director Dr Mechtild Rossler said the city had been warned of its potential deletion from the list for many years.

"I think it is very painful if a site is listed for removal from the World Heritage List," she said.

"We can only propose delisting if you have an analysis that states that the outstanding universal value of the site is lost and that is our analysis."

Nearly 30 figures from politics, football and academia signed a letter to The Times in June urging Unesco not to strip the city of its status.

They said the £500m Everton stadium – in one of the city's poorest areas – would "bring millions of people to the shores of the Mersey", where they would learn about "the city's and Britain's maritime past".

Liverpool's heritageimage copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionWorld War One soldiers paraded outside St George's Hall in 1915

  • The World Heritage Site stretches from the city's famous waterfront, through the historic commercial districts, to St George's Hall
  • The city's bid for the status was centred on its history as a major global port in the 18th and 19th Centuries, when it played a significant role in the growth of the British Empire
  • It was a hub for the mass movement of people, including migrants from Europe to America, and had a key role in the transatlantic slave trade
  • The Albert Dock area features more Grade I-listed buildings than anywhere else in the UK
  • Liverpool was one of about 30 World Heritage Sites in the UK, along with Stonehenge and the Giant's Causeway

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