Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Bath and Edinburgh At Risk

The issue of whether Bath should be stripped of its coveted World Heritage status because of the controversial Western Riverside development is to be scrutinised by conservation experts from across the globe.
The United Nations' World Heritage Committee will meet in Quebec, Canada, in July ? and the question of Bath's status is high on the agenda. The committee will decide whether Bath should be formally placed on its World Heritage 'in danger' list because of the Western Riverside scheme.
The 43-acre development along the Avon will feature residential housing blocks, which objectors say will spoil the city's skyline. World Heritage Status brings huge kudos to the cities and locations which hold it.
To lose it would be a sharp blow to Bath's reputation as a world-leading tourism destination. Full Article Here
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Edinburgh is also at risk of losing her World Heritage Status because of the proposed Caltongate scheme.

"ICOMOS-UK considers that the Caltongate project should have been referred to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

Furthermore we consider that it would be appropriate for the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to consider these proposals. However, as quoted above, such notification should take place before any approval is given.

If the proposals are referred to the World Heritage Centre, then they might be considered by the World Heritage Committee at its next session in Quebec in July 2008. The Committee would then have the option to ask for a joint UNESCO WH Centre/ICOMOS Mission to consider the project and the Mission’s report would be presented to the Committee. If they were concerned, the Committee could press for changes to be made to the project or they have the option to consider putting the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger until such time as the threats could be removed." February 2008 6th this is taken from ICOMOS On Caltongate