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Beatle's birthplace gets reprieve
Ringo Starr's birthplace in Madryn Street, Dingle, Liverpool
Ringo Starr lived in Madryn Street for three years
Ringo Starr's bulldozer-threatened birthplace has had a stay of execution.

The terraced house in Madryn Street, Dingle, Liverpool, is among 460 properties earmarked for demolition by the city council.

Starr, who lived there for three years before moving to nearby Admiral Grove, recently criticised plans to knock the Victorian houses down.

The council agreed on Friday to consult residents further over plans to demolish the homes and build new ones.

A spokesman said its executive board has declared the streets a renewal area, meaning the 54m regeneration plan could proceed.

The consultation would "help us to decide exactly which properties should be demolished to make way for new housing, and which should remain," he added.

They even have bathrooms, which we never had
Ringo Starr
More than two thirds of residents are in favour of building new housing, a recent independent consultation suggested.

But some residents fear demolitions would damage community spirit and feel the money would be better spent doing the houses up.

They have the former Beatle's support, with Starr saying recently: "Why are they knocking them down? If it is economically viable, they should do them up.

"Are they going to knock out the centre of Liverpool again?

"That's what they did before. They moved everybody to high-rise apartments outside the city and forgot to rebuild.

"I believe it's now very nice. They even have bathrooms, which we never had."

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