Let It Be: Ringo Starr's birthplace could be saved from demolition

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The birthplace of Ringo Starr could be saved from demolition after an intervention by a government minister.

Grant Shapps, the housing minister, has asked Liverpool City Council to halt the planned destruction of 9 Madryn Street, where the Beatles' drummer was born in 1940.

The address was due to be bulldozed under plans by the council to make way for new housing in the city's Welsh Streets estate.

Mr Shapps has called for the demolition to be postponed while alternative schemes to preserve the street, in the Dingle area of Liverpool, can be examined. If the council ignores his request, his department has the power to step in an halt the project.

The minister's intervention follows a campaign by Beatles' fans to save the address.

English Heritage has already turned down a request for the property to be given listed status. Officials said it did not deserve a preservation order as it lacked "historic or architectural importance"....

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