Big wheel proposal is abandoned by NRM

Big wheel proposal is abandoned by NRM

Big wheel proposal is abandoned by NRM

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PLANS to bring a big wheel back to York city centre have collapsed just days before the scheme was due for final approval by the city council.

The National Railway Museum (NRM) has withdrawn an application to site the wheel on its car park, for what would originally have been a three year period.

The plans had been due before City of York Council's planning committee on Thursday, and looked set to get approval after council officials recommended the scheme be approved.

But yesterday the application was withdrawn, putting the future of the wheel in York in doubt.

The NRM's Head of Operations Jim Lowe said: "I can confirm that we have withdrawn our application to have a wheel at the museum this summer. Unfortunately we have not been able to agree a commercial deal that works for us and the wheel provider.

The wheel could still return to York at some point in the future, he added, but it is unlikely to be in time for this summer's holiday period.

"We are in negotiations with prospective partners and are not yet at a stage where we are ready to progress.

"We are still very keen to bring a giant observation wheel to the National Railway Museum for York, and are currently seeking the right partner for this exciting opportunity."

The big wheel was operated at the NRM site from 2006 to 2008, before it moved to the Royal York hotel where it ran from 2009 until last year.

The museum and the wheel's operator Freij World Attractions teamed up to submit a new application to bring the wheel back to the NRM in January this year.

If the plans had gone ahead it would have taken up 80 of the current 270 spaces in the NRM car park, and would have had 42 gondolas with room for six people in each, and queueing facilities on site.

The scheme would have created six jobs and been open 10am-5.30pm daily, but would have had permission to open from 9am until as late as 10pm for special occasions, in holiday periods, or for corporate bookings.

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9:57am Wed 23 Apr 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Let Wheel Wars begin!
Let Wheel Wars begin! Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 4

10:02am Wed 23 Apr 14

Dick Turpin says...

Place it on Lendal Bridge
Place it on Lendal Bridge Dick Turpin
  • Score: 14

10:16am Wed 23 Apr 14

Woody G Mellor says...

This story just goes around and around and around and.................
you get the picture.
This story just goes around and around and around and................. you get the picture. Woody G Mellor
  • Score: -9

10:17am Wed 23 Apr 14

CaroleBaines says...

It does cause a fair bit of fuss, but then I guess anything which adds to the tourist draw is to be welcomed. And anyway, it blocks out the view of those awful flats, or "apartments" as their inmates insist on calling them!
Reckon it will re-appear soon with some sort of deal agreed.
It does cause a fair bit of fuss, but then I guess anything which adds to the tourist draw is to be welcomed. And anyway, it blocks out the view of those awful flats, or "apartments" as their inmates insist on calling them! Reckon it will re-appear soon with some sort of deal agreed. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 11

10:37am Wed 23 Apr 14

BL2 says...

As long as it's out of the centre I don't really care!
As long as it's out of the centre I don't really care! BL2
  • Score: 4

10:42am Wed 23 Apr 14

piaggio1 says...

Them flats/apartments! .what ever
They allways remind me of sunny beach.in romania
Some russian tractor factory idea of a holiday gaff .for their workers.
Them flats/apartments! .what ever They allways remind me of sunny beach.in romania Some russian tractor factory idea of a holiday gaff .for their workers. piaggio1
  • Score: 7

11:01am Wed 23 Apr 14

dsom73 says...

Doesn't matter anyway, it's only a big wheel.

No-one ever said "I fancy a go on a big wheel, let's go to York". It is something to do once they get here and realise York is cr*p anyway. It won't be missed by anyone except a few corrupt businessmen and the councilors who took their backhanders
Doesn't matter anyway, it's only a big wheel. No-one ever said "I fancy a go on a big wheel, let's go to York". It is something to do once they get here and realise York is cr*p anyway. It won't be missed by anyone except a few corrupt businessmen and the councilors who took their backhanders dsom73
  • Score: -20

11:06am Wed 23 Apr 14

muckybutt says...

That's a shame :(

I would have thought the Race Course would have expressed an interest by now ? good position - serviced by frequent tourist buses - out of the city centre so no NIMBY problems.
That's a shame :( I would have thought the Race Course would have expressed an interest by now ? good position - serviced by frequent tourist buses - out of the city centre so no NIMBY problems. muckybutt
  • Score: 9

11:20am Wed 23 Apr 14

pbrowne2009@live.co.uk says...

dsom73 wrote:
Doesn't matter anyway, it's only a big wheel.

No-one ever said "I fancy a go on a big wheel, let's go to York". It is something to do once they get here and realise York is cr*p anyway. It won't be missed by anyone except a few corrupt businessmen and the councilors who took their backhanders
what side of the bed did you wake up on? If York is so cr*p what are you doing here?
[quote][p][bold]dsom73[/bold] wrote: Doesn't matter anyway, it's only a big wheel. No-one ever said "I fancy a go on a big wheel, let's go to York". It is something to do once they get here and realise York is cr*p anyway. It won't be missed by anyone except a few corrupt businessmen and the councilors who took their backhanders[/p][/quote]what side of the bed did you wake up on? If York is so cr*p what are you doing here? pbrowne2009@live.co.uk
  • Score: 19

11:36am Wed 23 Apr 14

SteveSCA says...

dsom73 wrote:
Doesn't matter anyway, it's only a big wheel.

No-one ever said "I fancy a go on a big wheel, let's go to York". It is something to do once they get here and realise York is cr*p anyway. It won't be missed by anyone except a few corrupt businessmen and the councilors who took their backhanders
What a sad little contribution.
[quote][p][bold]dsom73[/bold] wrote: Doesn't matter anyway, it's only a big wheel. No-one ever said "I fancy a go on a big wheel, let's go to York". It is something to do once they get here and realise York is cr*p anyway. It won't be missed by anyone except a few corrupt businessmen and the councilors who took their backhanders[/p][/quote]What a sad little contribution. SteveSCA
  • Score: 16

11:53am Wed 23 Apr 14

dsom73 says...

pbrowne2009@live.co.
uk
wrote:
dsom73 wrote:
Doesn't matter anyway, it's only a big wheel.

No-one ever said "I fancy a go on a big wheel, let's go to York". It is something to do once they get here and realise York is cr*p anyway. It won't be missed by anyone except a few corrupt businessmen and the councilors who took their backhanders
what side of the bed did you wake up on? If York is so cr*p what are you doing here?
I was born in York, I have every right to be here and say what I like about the place.

And I stick to it: nobody ever came to York to go on a fairground ride.
[quote][p][bold]pbrowne2009@live.co. uk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dsom73[/bold] wrote: Doesn't matter anyway, it's only a big wheel. No-one ever said "I fancy a go on a big wheel, let's go to York". It is something to do once they get here and realise York is cr*p anyway. It won't be missed by anyone except a few corrupt businessmen and the councilors who took their backhanders[/p][/quote]what side of the bed did you wake up on? If York is so cr*p what are you doing here?[/p][/quote]I was born in York, I have every right to be here and say what I like about the place. And I stick to it: nobody ever came to York to go on a fairground ride. dsom73
  • Score: -9

11:55am Wed 23 Apr 14

anti-rant says...

I thought the wheel was an eyesore..
I thought the wheel was an eyesore.. anti-rant
  • Score: 2

12:20pm Wed 23 Apr 14

cynic3 says...

I don't understand why they did not let the application continue - you do not have to implement it.
I don't understand why they did not let the application continue - you do not have to implement it. cynic3
  • Score: 5

12:40pm Wed 23 Apr 14

ouseswimmer says...

cynic3 wrote:
I don't understand why they did not let the application continue - you do not have to implement it.
The application would have cost a lot of money to put through.
Clearly the problem is that the NRM wants more money for rent than the wheel owner thinks is worthwile. Better to charge a percentage of takings. That way everyone wins.
[quote][p][bold]cynic3[/bold] wrote: I don't understand why they did not let the application continue - you do not have to implement it.[/p][/quote]The application would have cost a lot of money to put through. Clearly the problem is that the NRM wants more money for rent than the wheel owner thinks is worthwile. Better to charge a percentage of takings. That way everyone wins. ouseswimmer
  • Score: 3

2:16pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

There are plenty of wheels already in the National Railways Museum. Missing one more won't make much difference...
There are plenty of wheels already in the National Railways Museum. Missing one more won't make much difference... Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 3

3:51pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Woody G Mellor says...

dsom73 wrote:
pbrowne2009@live.co.

uk
wrote:
dsom73 wrote:
Doesn't matter anyway, it's only a big wheel.

No-one ever said "I fancy a go on a big wheel, let's go to York". It is something to do once they get here and realise York is cr*p anyway. It won't be missed by anyone except a few corrupt businessmen and the councilors who took their backhanders
what side of the bed did you wake up on? If York is so cr*p what are you doing here?
I was born in York, I have every right to be here and say what I like about the place.

And I stick to it: nobody ever came to York to go on a fairground ride.
Miserable git doom73. If you would like to move out of "cr*p" York, then I would love to help you pack and drop you off in Coventry or somewhere. (Apologies to the people of Coventry, I know it was very nice before the WWII).
[quote][p][bold]dsom73[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pbrowne2009@live.co. uk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dsom73[/bold] wrote: Doesn't matter anyway, it's only a big wheel. No-one ever said "I fancy a go on a big wheel, let's go to York". It is something to do once they get here and realise York is cr*p anyway. It won't be missed by anyone except a few corrupt businessmen and the councilors who took their backhanders[/p][/quote]what side of the bed did you wake up on? If York is so cr*p what are you doing here?[/p][/quote]I was born in York, I have every right to be here and say what I like about the place. And I stick to it: nobody ever came to York to go on a fairground ride.[/p][/quote]Miserable git doom73. If you would like to move out of "cr*p" York, then I would love to help you pack and drop you off in Coventry or somewhere. (Apologies to the people of Coventry, I know it was very nice before the WWII). Woody G Mellor
  • Score: -12

5:06pm Wed 23 Apr 14

T'Marcus says...

muckybutt wrote:
That's a shame :(

I would have thought the Race Course would have expressed an interest by now ? good position - serviced by frequent tourist buses - out of the city centre so no NIMBY problems.
I agree with muckybutt.
The Knavesmire would be a excellent place to site the wheel.
[quote][p][bold]muckybutt[/bold] wrote: That's a shame :( I would have thought the Race Course would have expressed an interest by now ? good position - serviced by frequent tourist buses - out of the city centre so no NIMBY problems.[/p][/quote]I agree with muckybutt. The Knavesmire would be a excellent place to site the wheel. T'Marcus
  • Score: -1

5:10pm Wed 23 Apr 14

pedalling paul says...

T'Marcus wrote:
muckybutt wrote:
That's a shame :(

I would have thought the Race Course would have expressed an interest by now ? good position - serviced by frequent tourist buses - out of the city centre so no NIMBY problems.
I agree with muckybutt.
The Knavesmire would be a excellent place to site the wheel.
A good friend of mine has mentioned that the Tourist buses have just reverted to the shorter route via Nunnery Lane, for the summer, and so are not currently taking the extended route via Knavesmire.
[quote][p][bold]T'Marcus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muckybutt[/bold] wrote: That's a shame :( I would have thought the Race Course would have expressed an interest by now ? good position - serviced by frequent tourist buses - out of the city centre so no NIMBY problems.[/p][/quote]I agree with muckybutt. The Knavesmire would be a excellent place to site the wheel.[/p][/quote]A good friend of mine has mentioned that the Tourist buses have just reverted to the shorter route via Nunnery Lane, for the summer, and so are not currently taking the extended route via Knavesmire. pedalling paul
  • Score: 6

8:09pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Great news. Now maybe the NRM can get back to running a railway museum.
Great news. Now maybe the NRM can get back to running a railway museum. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 5

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