A British politician has stepped in to help save the birthplace of Beatles legend Ringo Starr from demolition.
The house at 9 Madryn Street in Liverpool, England is under threat of demolition after officials at the city council decided to tear down 445 properties in the area in a bid to regenerate the neighbourhood.
Beatles fans and campaigners are fiercely opposing the move, and last month (Dec10) they renewed calls for government intervention after politicians placed a protection order on the famous London crossing featured on the cover of the band's 1969 album Abbey Road.
Housing minister Grant Shapps has now written to Liverpool City Council requesting a temporary reprieve for 9 Madryn Street, and insisting the final decision should be made by the residents of Liverpool.
He writes, "Any regeneration project will generate strong feelings. But when what many people consider to be a culturally important building - such as the birthplace of the drummer in the world's most famous band - is at risk then feelings are going to be even stronger.
"That is why, before a single bulldozer rumbles along Madryn Street, I want to ensure that every option has been considered."