Birthplace of Beatle Ringo Starr saved from bulldozers

LONDON- The birthplace of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has been saved from demolition following a public campaign, Britain's housing minister Grant Shapps announced Thursday.
The local authority in Liverpool, the city in northwest England where the Fab Four grew up, had planned to demolish 9 Madryn Street as part of a regeneration scheme.

Birthplace of Beatle Ringo Starr saved from bulldozers
But Shapps intervened after a group of residents wrote to him expressing their fears that the plans would tear apart their community in the inner-city Dingle area of Liverpool.
Around 30 properties will now be refurbished instead of knocked down, including Starr's former home, which is currently unoccupied and covered in graffiti left by Beatles fans.
Announcing the decision outside 9 Madryn Street, Shapps and Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson were caught in an angry confrontation between local residents in favour of the demolition and those against it.
"As we've seen this afternoon, communities are at war with each other about whether this was a good idea or not," said Shapps. "My view is that it's not a good idea to destroy homes."
Around 400 properties in the area will still be pulled down under the new plans.
Starr, 71, is one of the last two surviving Beatles along with Paul McCartney. He released his latest solo album, "Ringo 2012", in January.

Friday, June 15th 2012

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