York wheel's extended stay may soon get green light

York wheel's extended stay may soon get green light

York wheel's extended stay may soon get green light

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PLANS to keep York’s big wheel in place until the autumn could be approved by councillors next week.

The 53-metre observation wheel in the grounds of the Royal York Hotel was due to be taken down this month, but new owners Freij Entertainment International applied to City of York Council for permission to continue operating it until September 30.

The authority’s planning committee will make a decision on the application next Thursday and planners have recommended it for approval, although they have said it should not become a permanent fixture.

A report by development management officer Jonathan Kenyon said the impact on York’s “historic environment” was low and outweighed by the “public benefits” of the extension and the contribution it made to York’s tourism economy, adding that it gave visitors a “different experience” of the city.

The council has received 15 objections to the wheel staying until the end of September, many of them from residents of nearby Westgate Apartments, over issues including noise, loss of privacy and its “visual impact”.

If approved, the wheel will be allowed to operate between 9am and 9pm every day and will have to be completely removed, with the hotel grounds being restored to their original condition, by the end of November.

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7:26pm Wed 13 Feb 13

velvetdixie says...

Having ridden the wheel twice in the last year I can objectively state that there is NO privacy issue. No buildings are close enough to allow any "peeping" if anyone were inclined so to do.

This leaves us with "NIMBY" syndrome or some mental state that causes a few people to deeply resent that others have jobs.
Having ridden the wheel twice in the last year I can objectively state that there is NO privacy issue. No buildings are close enough to allow any "peeping" if anyone were inclined so to do. This leaves us with "NIMBY" syndrome or some mental state that causes a few people to deeply resent that others have jobs. velvetdixie
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7:36pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Paul Meoff says...

velvetdixie wrote:
Having ridden the wheel twice in the last year I can objectively state that there is NO privacy issue. No buildings are close enough to allow any "peeping" if anyone were inclined so to do.

This leaves us with "NIMBY" syndrome or some mental state that causes a few people to deeply resent that others have jobs.
Disagree. When I went on the wheel I whipped out my 8 inch reflector, gave it a quick polish and I could see the woman in flat 69 as clear as day.
[quote][p][bold]velvetdixie[/bold] wrote: Having ridden the wheel twice in the last year I can objectively state that there is NO privacy issue. No buildings are close enough to allow any "peeping" if anyone were inclined so to do. This leaves us with "NIMBY" syndrome or some mental state that causes a few people to deeply resent that others have jobs.[/p][/quote]Disagree. When I went on the wheel I whipped out my 8 inch reflector, gave it a quick polish and I could see the woman in flat 69 as clear as day. Paul Meoff
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10:49pm Wed 13 Feb 13

yorkborn66 says...

"The council has received 15 objections to the wheel"
That just about sums it up then considering the population of York
"The council has received 15 objections to the wheel" That just about sums it up then considering the population of York yorkborn66
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11:13pm Wed 13 Feb 13

akaroa says...

Leave the wheel in situe, demolish Westgate apartments, occupied by NIMBYS, a truely disgusting eyesore
Leave the wheel in situe, demolish Westgate apartments, occupied by NIMBYS, a truely disgusting eyesore akaroa
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6:52am Thu 14 Feb 13

Paul Meoff says...

akaroa wrote:
Leave the wheel in situe, demolish Westgate apartments, occupied by NIMBYS, a truely disgusting eyesore
You're right. The bird in flat 69 was a bit rough.
[quote][p][bold]akaroa[/bold] wrote: Leave the wheel in situe, demolish Westgate apartments, occupied by NIMBYS, a truely disgusting eyesore[/p][/quote]You're right. The bird in flat 69 was a bit rough. Paul Meoff
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