I simply quoted to give a flavour, but it seems that there's more to the site than the lighthouse.
No, I don't think that bridge will ever be considered beautiful. And it's slap where it shouldn't be really. I'm personally pleased that it's been removed, it might encourage the others.
Here are some recent pictures: http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-43720.html#backToArticle=632845
However, certainly views on conservation do alter over time, it's not a great deal different with listing buildings. It's all a balancing act.
Like for like repairs are generally OK, replacement with something different, which alters the character, and the significance, not. But it's usually on a case for case basis, there's no simple 'layman's check list'. And there's at times disagreement.
I'm just pleased that the list is being added to, which should give important sites more protection, and a focus for long term management plans. Who knows, they may even get some cash spent on them.
I think that the discussions re other matters are still to come - although it's all running a day behind.
As for schmoozing - Matsuura visited Edinburgh and was schmoozed, but he still managed to rock the boat by being critical and asking for a halt to development until the mission had visited. City of Edinburgh Council tried to schmooze the mission, with minders and civic receptions, as did Bath - but from what we see Bath hasn't had an entirely uncritical report (and had the Dyson Academy plans http://www.bathheritagewatchdog.org/newark.htm
not been withdrawn I think it would have been far worse), and for those in the know it's all very welcome, and from what we know so far City of Edinburgh Council planning isn't getting a clean bill of health either.
Germany's latest WHS pictures http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-43824.html#backToArticle=632845
Liverpool's a lost cause. That's to be discussed also, but really, too late to save the waterfront.http://www.saveliverpooldocks.co.uk/http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-life-features/liverpool-special-feature s/2009/06/24/jury-still-out-on-mann-island-blocks-92534-23960446/