London: The Liverpool birthplace of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr is once again under the threat of demolition.
The Victorian terrace at Madryn Street, Toxteth, is one of hundreds in the "Welsh Streets" area to be bulldozed to make way for modern family homes.
Although Liverpool City Council owns the majority of the properties - which is mainly empty - number nine- where Richard Starkey was born on 7 July 1940 - is owned privately.
The authority remains in negotiations with the owner but could end up pursuing a compulsory purchase order (CPO) for the property.
"The properties in the Welsh Streets are in such a poor condition that demolition is the only option," the BBC quoted a council spokesman as saying.
Talks between the council and National Museums Liverpool (NML) about the future of Starr``s birthplace are currently on hold until the council can secure ownership.
Ringo Starr, 70, lived at the house for about three months before he moved to Admiral Grove, where he lived for about 20 years.
Liverpool City Council previously said the house had "no historical significance" because of the short time Starr spent there.