September 9, 2005 14:26
Ringo Starr’s birthplace to be demolished
Liverpool City Council say it “has no historical significance”…
The house was granted a reprieve two months ago whilst a public consultation was carried out, but now the terraced house in Madryn Street will join a further 459 properties which are to be knocked down for a regeneration project.
The council explained that the street had no significance because the former Beatles drummer spent just three months of his life there.
The council is expected to ratify the council’s housing select committee’s decision on September 16.
Executive member for housing Flo Clucas told BBC News: “Ringo Starr lived in the Madryn Street house for about three months before he moved to Admiral Grove, where he lived for about 20 years.”
"Paul McCartney and John Lennon’s childhood homes were preserved because they spent a significant part of their lives in them. The house on Madryn Street has no historical significance."
Starr pleaded to save the houses earlier in the year – although many residents in the area are in favour of demolishing the Victorian homes.
He said: “Why are they knocking them down? If it is economically viable, they should do them up. Are they going to knock out the centre of Liverpool again? That's what they did before. They moved everybody to high-rise apartments outside the city and forgot to rebuild.”
Starr added: “I believe it's now very nice. They even have bathrooms, which we never had."
A campaigner who wants to save the homes, Jeremy Hawthorn said that he believed the council made their decision months ago.
"They want to clear working-class families out of this area to make way for expensive housing for richer people,” he said. “I'm not surprised at this decision, but I am disappointed."
The National Trust now own Paul McCartney and George Harrison’s childhood homes in Menlove Avenue and Forthlin Road respectively.
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