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Liverpool heritage site to be ‘disneyfied’ for profit

OPPOSITION is mounting in Merseyside over development plans which campaigners say will “Disneyfy” Liverpool’s historic St George’s Quarter by turning it into a tourist attraction.

The plans involve installing an overhead “zip wire” over the area’s protected buildings.

Opponents have launched a “Stop the Liverpool Zip” campaign, which is supported by the United Nation’s heritage section UNESCO, film director Ken Loach, and Liverpool-born Willy Russell, Alexei Sayle, Jimmy McGovern and Roger McGough.

The supporters want a judicial review into the proposals.

Campaigner Anyanna Ndukwe said: “The proposed route of the wire causes us grave concern and we are determined to challenge the decision and that’s why we’ve launched a Go Fund Me fundraiser to pay the legal costs of a High Court judicial review. 

“Imagine: a fairground set in a backdrop of five heritage grade I and II-listed buildings, in a world heritage site.

“Imagine the solace of a memorial garden, the site of a former church and graveyard where Napoleonic soldiers rest in peace, broken 12 hours a day seven days a week, 360 days a year by the shrieks and shrills of stag and hen party thrill-seekers descending in their droves upon Zip World.”

Ms Ndukwe likened Zip World to a “magical fairyland adventure where nothing matters except profits.”

“We want to boost a thriving economy that benefits all the people of Liverpool and enhances its world-class iconic landmarks,” she said.

“There are numerous locations in our city, particularly the north end of Liverpool that has stunning features and will make a perfect home for zip-wire fans without risking the conservation of St George’s Quarter.”


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