Giant wheel - plans go in

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 25 May 2010

WORK is pressing ahead to bring a new giant wheel to Weston – but it will not be as high as council chiefs originally hoped.

WORK is pressing ahead to bring a new giant wheel to Weston - but it will not be as high as council chiefs originally hoped.

The Weston Mercury revealed last month that the town looks set to get the looming attraction for five years.

Unitary authority deputy leader Councillor Elfan Ap Rees said he hoped the new wheel would be higher than the previous one, but a planning application has gone in for one the same size as before.

The council has signed an agreement for Great City Attractions to return to the resort to run the latest 40m-high attraction.

The company, which was also behind the wheel that was in town until October, wants to have the new feature in place from 2010-2015.

It will need to have planning permission granted to operate next to the Tourist Information Centre on the Beach Lawns.

Only the one company tendered to bring the wheel back to town and the council has said the attraction would need to be in place within two months.

The former Wheel of Weston left town early after thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused to the attraction.

The feature turned for the last time in mid-October, weeks before operators first planned.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees told the Mercury earlier this year that if a new wheel gets the go-ahead, a permanent type of mounting would go on the Beach Lawns.

World Tourist Attractions, one of the companies that merged to form Great City Attractions, looks set to add Weston to the destinations across the globe where it runs its giant wheels.

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