Don’t let killjoys spoil York Wheel

I SEE the killjoys are protesting at the York Wheel again.

I happen to know that at least one objector does not and has never lived in the Westgate building, or anywhere near that area. The so-called objection is more to do with maintaining the premium rental income. As for the wind whistling through the wheel causing sleepless nights, considering the location of this building, on a main road, next to an all night-mail depot and within spitting distance of a main railway station, I worry that the double-glazing is not fit for purpose. To avoid prying eyes into one’s bedroom, could I suggest curtains.

Let’s hope also that the very excellent Galtres beer and music festival can overcome the usual negative objectors should they wish to use Rawcliffe Park. These things should be encouraged, not refused to satisfy the whims of a minority.

Charlie Stone, Southolme Drive, York.

 

• SO some neighbours oppose the big wheel extension (The Press, February 2).

People living in the apartments don’t like the wheel, which they say causes constant intrusion to those who live there.

One person says that not everybody enjoys being observed in their own homes.

I can appreciate that, but the wheel has to go somewhere. It’s a tourist attraction which needs to be saved until September at least.

Surely not everybody living in the apartments is affected.

Tom Mitchell, Mendip Close, Huntington, York.

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12:17pm Tue 5 Feb 13

roclank2000 says...

Move it to Crayke!
Move it to Crayke! roclank2000
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12:29pm Tue 5 Feb 13

yorkielass says...

I'm not a lover of heights, so I haven't been on the big wheel yet. But if I did, can I just reassure the folks living in the nearby flats that the last thing I would want to do is peer into their windows when I have the Minster and other York buildings, and when higher the moors, wolds and dales to look at in the distance. For goodness' sake you're not that interesting.
I'm not a lover of heights, so I haven't been on the big wheel yet. But if I did, can I just reassure the folks living in the nearby flats that the last thing I would want to do is peer into their windows when I have the Minster and other York buildings, and when higher the moors, wolds and dales to look at in the distance. For goodness' sake you're not that interesting. yorkielass
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11:06pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Omega Point says...

Not a single one of those flats has anything interesting to see I can assure you
Not a single one of those flats has anything interesting to see I can assure you Omega Point
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11:34pm Tue 5 Feb 13

akaroa says...

I and many others i have spoken to do not find the wheel at all obstrusive, in fact i think it is not very big, it should be permanent As for near by flats , the whole building is an eye sore the top two floors should be removed, or better still demolish the whole building so that punters on the wheel get a better view of York without interference from an incredibly ugly, out of context, block of flats
I and many others i have spoken to do not find the wheel at all obstrusive, in fact i think it is not very big, it should be permanent As for near by flats , the whole building is an eye sore the top two floors should be removed, or better still demolish the whole building so that punters on the wheel get a better view of York without interference from an incredibly ugly, out of context, block of flats akaroa
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3:22am Wed 6 Feb 13

Magicman! says...

As I have said before, it astounds me that the residents of Westgate Aparements are so egotistical that they think people on the wheel want to look into their block of flats.

These people could also do with a lesson into how human eyesight works, in that it sees from areas of dark to areas of light - this is why when you drive down a road and look into any window on 1st floor level you can only see about 10ft in, because of the light entering the room from the window, the rest of the room seems dark and you cannot see what might be going on. The windows of westgate are also tinted. At night, if these residents want to have their lights on without people seeing them, they could invest in a new fangled technology that owners of fancy flats don't seem to know about... CURTAINS!
As I have said before, it astounds me that the residents of Westgate Aparements are so egotistical that they think people on the wheel want to look into their block of flats. These people could also do with a lesson into how human eyesight works, in that it sees from areas of dark to areas of light - this is why when you drive down a road and look into any window on 1st floor level you can only see about 10ft in, because of the light entering the room from the window, the rest of the room seems dark and you cannot see what might be going on. The windows of westgate are also tinted. At night, if these residents want to have their lights on without people seeing them, they could invest in a new fangled technology that owners of fancy flats don't seem to know about... CURTAINS! Magicman!
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9:37am Wed 6 Feb 13

capt spaulding says...

Ive been on it its brilliant, got some great photos of the city.
The Holgate windmill looks fantastic from up there .
Ive been on it its brilliant, got some great photos of the city. The Holgate windmill looks fantastic from up there . capt spaulding
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9:56am Wed 6 Feb 13

Marc77 says...

Least the reason for the objections makes a change to the boring "it will interfere with the (little) character of the city" excuse.
Least the reason for the objections makes a change to the boring "it will interfere with the (little) character of the city" excuse. Marc77
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12:50am Thu 7 Feb 13

Magicman! says...

I would have loved for the residents of Westgate to have lived in central Manchester when Beetham Tower was built... that thing on the top of it that looks like an oversized heated towel rail made a really loud whistling noise when the wind was in a certain direction, so loud you could hear it from Ashton under Lyne - the York Wheel's supposed whine in comparison is akin to some bloke in a flatcap whistling the X factor theme!!
I would have loved for the residents of Westgate to have lived in central Manchester when Beetham Tower was built... that thing on the top of it that looks like an oversized heated towel rail made a really loud whistling noise when the wind was in a certain direction, so loud you could hear it from Ashton under Lyne - the York Wheel's supposed whine in comparison is akin to some bloke in a flatcap whistling the X factor theme!! Magicman!
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