Say it ain’t so! NME reports that, after several months of back and forth discussion, Ringo Starr‘s former birthplace at 9 Madryn Street in Liverpool will most likely be demolished soon. Local authorities have issued “a final demolition order.”
“The community in that area have been waiting for 11 years to have these houses demolished and believe they have waited long enough,” Joe Anderson, Labour leader of Liverpool City Council, told Clickliverpool.com
Last December, English Heritage rejected a “listed status” request to preserve the English drummer’s old home. Conservative politician Grant Shapps quickly rallied around local supporters in January, telling the Liverpool City Council that it was a “culturally important building.”
Anderson also criticized Shapps’ efforts, adding that he “doesn’t know what he’s talking about” when it comes to the “Welsh Streets” area.
“He hasn’t visited the Welsh Streets, he hasn’t seen the Welsh Streets, and if he comes and speaks to me I will take him up to the Welsh Streets and let him have a look,” Anderson said. “We’re not demolishing things just because we need to demolish them – we are doing it because it’s the right thing to do.”