Seafront wheel will not return for summer

PUBLISHED: 13:30 25 June 2012

The wheel

The wheel

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THE Wheel of Weston will not return to town this summer, the Mercury understands.

Attraction owners have previously given the council three dates when they had hoped to return to the resort.

The wheel was first due to arrive back in town in November, then Great City Attractions said it would set up before Easter, before finally deciding on May.

North Somerset Council told the Mercury last month it does not know if and when it will be back.

But Mercury sources say the attraction will not return any time soon.

The local authority said in April it was ‘disappointed’ the Wheel of Weston 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 last month.

Despite the council remaining hopeful the attraction will still return to town following its sudden departure last year, the future looks uncertain for the Weston landmark.

The wheel has been in place for varying periods of time since 2010. It was expected to stay throughout the winter, but was relocated to Glasgow last year.

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.”

The company’s head of global site development, Nigel Ward, has promised the wheel will return to Weston in 2012.

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