Court halts bridge threatening World Heritage Site

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9 August 2007, Dresden, Germany (dpa) - A court in the south-eastern German city of Dresden Thursday prevented work from starting on a new bridge through a scenic valley that enjoys World Heritage Site status.

9 August 2007

Dresden, Germany (dpa) - A court in the south-eastern German city of Dresden Thursday prevented work from starting on a new bridge through a scenic valley that enjoys World Heritage Site status.

Environmental organizations had brought the court action against the city authorities to prevent construction of the controversial Waldschloesschen Bridge, which had been due to start next week.

At its meeting in New Zealand in June, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) had threatened to withdraw the World Heritage Site status held by the valley on the Elbe as it passes through the city.

UNESCO placed the valley on a "red list" of endangered sites, angering local politicians. The UN body has never withdrawn World Heritage Site status.

Georg Milbradt, premier the state of Saxony, of which Dresden is the capital, criticized the UNESCO threat as "lacking respect for democracy."

Dresden residents voted for the bridge to relieve road congestion in a 2005 referendum.

DPA

Subject: German news

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