Report by Charlotte Richardson , chief reporter
Thursday, May 3, 2012
IT IS unclear when one of Weston’s major seafront attractions will be returning to the town.
Despite expecting the Wheel of Weston to set up again in the resort in May, North Somerset Council revealed this week that it is still none the wiser as to when it will be back.
The local authority said in April it was ‘disappointed’ the big wheel would not be back in time for Easter as expected – it was due to entertain crowds in time for the busy period in the calendar, but failed to return.
Instead North Somerset Council said it would be back this month.
However, a spokesman said this week they ‘hope to reveal a date soon’ for when the popular ride will return.
They added: “We are still confident of welcoming the attraction back.”
The wheel is set to take up its usual spot on the Beach Lawns, following a sudden departure from the resort last year.
It has been in place for varying periods of time since 2010. It was expected to stay throughout the winter but was relocated to Glasgow in November.
A council spokesman said when they found out it would not return for Easter: “We do of course, understand the business maximising each wheel’s earning potential. We continue to have a good rapport with the operator and look forward to the wheel returning at the beginning of May.”
This is the second delay for the return of the wheel, with it originally due to return in time for the carnival in November.
Council executive member for tourism Felicity Baker said earlier this year that the move from Weston originally was unfortunate with tens of thousands of people flocking to the town for the carnival, but she insisted the authority has a good rapport with operator Great City Attractions.
The company’s head of global site development, Nigel Ward, promised at the time that the wheel would return to Weston in 2012.