The world famous cultural site of Stonehenge could lose its status as a World Heritage site. The reason for this is the planned construction of a motorway tunnel. Nothing is decided yet.
Salisbury (AP) – The controversial construction of a tunnel could endanger the status of the stone age monument Stonehenge as a world cultural heritage.
There is “little attention at government level” for the protection of such sites, the head of the British World Heritage organization, Chris Blandford, criticized in the Guardian. The background is the planned construction of a motorway tunnel, which, according to the current state of planning, could endanger the more than 5,000-year-old monument.
Unesco’s responsible committee adopted a resolution at this year’s meeting that Stonehenge could be placed on the endangered sites list next year if construction of the tunnel goes as planned. A dispute is currently underway over the planned construction. Several local organizations are working to adapt the plans. A longer tunnel would cost more, but it would pose less threat to the site.
Liverpool is no longer a World Heritage Site
A few days ago, Unesco withdrew its World Heritage status from the port city of Liverpool. This is only the third time in the history of the 1972 World Heritage Convention that a cultural or natural site has had its prestigious title withdrawn.
Due to the city’s development project called “Liverpool Waters”, the construction of high-rise buildings, infrastructure projects and mismanagement, the status was already under threat. A planned football stadium has also been criticized. Liverpool has been on the endangered sites list as a maritime trade town since 2012. In a Unesco document, it is said to have long lost its character, which has led to its being listed as a World Heritage Site by humanity.