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WE VOW TO FIGHT ON; ECHO's successful campaign to save some of city's under-threat historic buildings is to be extended.

Byline: by CATHERINE JONES Culture Reporter

THE ECHO's Stop the Rot campaign is being revamped and extended.

Editor Alastair Machray today said the ECHO was committed to continuing the fight to bring the remaining historic landmarks back to life.

The campaign was originally going to be phased out at the end of Capital of Culture year.

But heritage chiefs both locally and nationally have hailed the importance of the initiative.

And there are currently still 13 properties on the Stop the Rot hitlist, ranging from the "managed ruins" of St Andrew and St Luke's churches to the Tobacco warehouse - the largest brick-built warehouse in the world.

Mr Machray said: "We're planning to continue and revamp the campaign to move us on and increase the pace and focus.

"We've held initial discussions with the Bishop of Liverpool, who chairs our meetings, and we have exciting plans which are being put together for 2009."

City council head of conservation Steve Corbett said: "Stop the Rot has picked 25 buildings but the story is bigger than that.

"It has been a barometer to a much bigger picture. The city's buildings at risk project has been funded to the tune of pounds 6.5m.

"It has seen us get the grade II* buildings at risk down from 15 to nine and they are all manageable.

"The numbers of listed buildings at risk have also reduced significantly.

"The two schemes have been very much a success."

The campaign was launched in April 2001 when city leaders, owners and developers were invited to discuss how Liverpool's important historical buildings could be protected.

Here we feature the 11 original sites and those added to the campaign since 2002. One of the original sites was the Casartelli building, in Hanover Street,which was demolished a short time later and became the symbol of the campaign.

The Casartelli was subsequently rebuilt as a replica of the original.

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Casartelli - eventual success. CASARTELLI was the building whose plight sparked the campaign and whose image has symbolised Stop the Rot ever since.

In 2000 part of the grade II, 18th century building in Hanover Street fell on to the road and the rest was later demolished.

But in 2005 the building rose from the ashes, with an exact replica being recreated on the site along with new ground floor picture window shops.

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THEN: Rob Burns of English Heritage outside the original, derelict Casartelli building before it was demolished in 2001. The original was built in 1760; NOW: The new Casartelli Building, rebuilt as a replica of the orginal Picture: COLIN LANE
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