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Online map 'misses' regeneration
Aerial view of Liverpool waterfront from Google Earth - Paradise Project (1) and King's Dock Arena (2)
The images miss the Paradise Project and King's Dock Arena
Regeneration bosses in Liverpool have complained that the internet giant Google is ignoring the regeneration changes going on in northern cities.

Liverpool Vision has complained that developments, such as the 42-acre Paradise Project, are not visible on aerial view website Google Earth.

The site shows London landmarks such as the new Wembley and Arsenal FC stadia.

A spokeswoman for Google Earth said the site relies on external companies to provide the aerial views.

New buildings such as the Birmingham Selfridges and Manchester's One Piccadilly tower have also been overlooked.

The City of Manchester stadium, which hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games and is now home to Manchester City FC, is also shown as an area of waste land.

Liverpool waterfront
The actual view of Liverpool waterfront is far more developed
Liverpool's Paradise Project is a 900m retail and leisure development in the city centre.

The King's Dock Arena - a new 10,000-seat arena on the waterfront - cannot be seen on the website either.

Jenny Douglas, planning director of Liverpool Vision, said: "The current Google Earth images show roofing work still under way at Lime Street train station.

"This work took place between 2000 and 2001, which means the Google Earth images are at least five years old.

"The city centre has changed dramatically since then. It is important that the millions of people using Google Earth have access to the latest images showing the city's transformation."

The spokeswoman for Google Earth said images are updated as quickly as possible.

"We want to give the best service we can, and it would be wrong to delay updating the London images just because we can't do that yet for other cities," she said.


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