The new UK T List has just been published - http://www.culture.gov.uk/news/media_releases/7968.aspx
A confusion arises as lot of press comment refers to 11 sites being included . This is because Wearmouth/Jarrow and Darwins Landscape Laboratory have been "carried forward" and are not counted in the 11!!
Since the former is already in UNESCO's hands for consideration in 2012 we are really talking about 12 sites about which there was some option to be "decided upon" - as follows
St Helena (mixed site - fortifications and biodiversity)
N Wales Slate Industry
Jodrell Bank (Radio Telescope)
Flow Country (Scotland)
Gorham's Cave (Gibraltar - Neanderthal remains)
Cresswell Crags (Ice Age caves/art)
Sheltand Iron Age sites
Turks + Caicos (mixed site -Cays/Salt industry etc)
a. 5 from England, 3 from Scotland, 1 from Wales and 3 from the "Empire"(!!!)
b. Not a single mediaeval town/cathedral -though there is yet another "Island Colonial Fortress" at St Helena)
c. Darwin trying for the 3rd time - amazing
d. Lake District also trying for the 3rd time (previously 87 + 90)
e. St Helena trying for 2nd time (previously 87 - just Diana's Peak)
f. Creswell Crags a bit surprising. As far as I am aware it is a privately owned "pay to enter" site currently run/managed by a public trust on the basis of their 21 year lease from the owners! could be problematical? See http://www.creswell-crags.org.uk/
g. The "Empire" seemingly over-represented??
h. 4 carried forward from current T List remnants - Lake District, Darwin, Flow Country and Forth Road Bridge
i. A lot of sites with high hopes dashed - Arbroath Abbey, Macintosh Glasgow, Chester, Blackpool, York, Manchester/NE early railways. Some a bit "marginal" but no really obvious winners amongst them?
j. I don't know what happens about Navan as part of the Royal Sites of Ireland -as I understand it the responsible State Party has to incude sites in its own T LIst for them to get included even if they are part of another country's prime nomination ?
I think the addition of Welsh Slate and Shetland Iron Age are good. Similarly Gorham's cave - much better than the previous "Gibraltar Defenses". Those Neanderthals are under-represented!!! Jodrell Bank is possibly worth trying as a "later 20C technology/science" site - another thin area on the current list. But too much re-trying with previous failures. The Forth Road bridge is seemingly problematical with its owner not apparently very happy with trying to run a railway service over a UNESCO protected monument!
Anyway - it should keep us going for the next 20 years with allowance for not nominating every year and a few more deferrals/referrals etc!
Here is the list of "great and good" who made up the panelhttp://www.culture.gov.uk/news/media_releases/7608.aspx
Can't really fault their CVs - I see our old "friend" Fowler, he of the "Cultural Landscape" concept, was on. The panel was all very "inclusive" with a representative for Scotland and another from the "Empire" - nice to see the inclusion of a German to prevent too much "localism"