Grant Shapps says people of Liverpool must on demolition plans

A government minister has stepped in to try and stop the demolition of Ringo Starr’s childhood home.

Grant Shapps, who is Minister for Housing in the coalition government, has written to Liverpool City Council asking them to temporarily suspend plans to demolish 9, Madryn Street where the Beatles drummer spent the early part of his childhood.

The house is due to be demolished as part of a massive regeneration programme, but Shapps has told the council he wants conservationists to be given more time to put forward ideas for preserving the property.

Shapps said “… before a single bulldozer rumbles along Madryn Street, I want to ensure that every option has been considered…I want local community groups to have the opportunity to put forward viable proposals to preserve this historic house and that the people of Liverpool themselves decide whether they want Ringo Starr‘s house to be demolished or to let it be.”

An application to have the house declared a heritage site has already been dismissed and a spokesman for Liverpool City Council told BBC News that residents were “…sick of delays” and that the “…overwhelming majority of local residents” were in favour of the plans.

The council will now consider Shapps‘ request.