New wheel deal for Weston

PUBLISHED: 09:59 01 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:30 25 May 2010

WESTON could get a brand new giant wheel for five years by March.

WESTON could get a brand new giant wheel for five years by March.

North Somerset Council director of finance and resources Phil Hall has instructed officers to sign a new lease with Great City Attractions.

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

It will still need to have planning permission granted to operate on an unknown position on the Beach Lawns and it needed to submit proposals by today (Thurs).

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.

A council spokesman said: "The wheel proved to be a great success last time with residents and visitors.

"We are very pleased to have secured a similar attraction for Weston for at least five years."

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.

Rumour has it the new wheel could be even bigger than before and could be in place all-year-round.

North Somerset Council deputy leader, Councillor Elfan Ap Rees, told the Weston Mercury earlier this year that officers want a higher 50m-high wheel in place of the former 40m one.

He said 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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