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Demolition threatening Ringo's birthplace
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What does everyone think about this? Ringo Starr's Liverpool birthplace in new threat. It makes me sad, but I don't have a solution. a-hard-days-night-ringo-14Ugh, city planners. I've yet to hear a good plan from these planners.

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From the Liverpool Echo:

The government has stepped in to block Liverpool council’s plans to demolish and rebuild some of the houses in Welsh Streets.

Last year Liverpool leaders and anti-demolition campaigners gave evidence to an inquiry on whether Liverpool’s regeneration plans for the Welsh Streets – including a house where Beatle Ringo Starr once lived as young child – could be given the go-ahead.

But although the planning inspector recommended planning permission be given, the communities secretary Eric Pickles stepped in to block the proposals.

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*dusts off topic* (I wasn't here when this was "hot".)

This has been raging on for years and I've been able to follow the story quite well on BBC North West news, as well as other sources. I've picked up the three main points: 

-The NT refuse to buy both Ringo and George's homes as they "are not looking to get a set of four." They bought Mendips and Forthlin Road as they were where Lennon/McCartney worked together in the early days and were "relevant to the start of the Beatles." More fool them though. People would pay to see Ringo and Georges homes too. (A tour company in Liverpool offer tailor made tours including a George Harrison and Ringo Starr tour so people pay to go and see these places.)

-The house in question is literally crumbling down. This argument has gone on so long the house is so dilapidated it's beyond repair. Much like the rest of the houses on the street, it has succumbed to terrible damp (among other things). The only outcome of all of this, despite all the protesting and arguments is the house will just collapse.

-Ringo himself has said he does not care about the house. This makes sense as he moved out at such an early age and probably never went back. It doesn't hold much significance for him. Yes he was literally born in the house but obviously he doesn't remember it, and he barely remembers living there.

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