The birthplace home of former Beatle “Ringo Star”, has been saved from being bulldozed until the public are consulted after Housing Minister Grant Shapps blocked the planned demolishion.
9 Madryn Street in the Dingle district was due to be knocked down soon after Liverpool City Council says 445 pre-1919 terraced houses in Dingle are “beyond economic repair”, and thus were planned for demolishion. However, the childhood homes of bandmates John Lennon and Paul McCartney are both National Trust properties and popular tourist attractions.
Grant Shapps wanted to make sure that all the options had been considered for the house before it is knocked down, but a council spokesperson said the local people had been consulted and were “absolutely sick of the delays and the conditions they have to live in.”.
Considering the state of the houses now in the area, it seems unlikely this will become another tourist attraction unless someone wants to buy the entire area and turn it into another Beatles style attraction – not that Liverpool is exactly short of them.