Big wheel may come to Monks Cross

York Press: A big wheel could be returning to York A big wheel could be returning to York

THE firm that wants to bring a big wheel back to York is looking at Monks Cross as a potential location, as it examines sites across the city.

The Press revealed last week that Freij International was holding talks with the National Railway Museum over the possible return of an observation wheel to its original city home at the Leeman Road site, more than five years after it was taken away from there.

But the company said it was keeping its options open and is looking at other potential locations, including near the site where York's community stadium will be built at Monks Cross and next to the River Ouse at North Street Gardens.

After leaving the NRM in 2008, the Wheel was based in the grounds of the Royal York Hotel between December 2011 and last autumn, before being dismantled after City of York Council said its planning permission was unlikely to be extended.

Freij’s UK operations director, John Lowery, said: "Talks are taking place with the National Railway Museum about returning and they are set to continue this week, with talks also planned with the council with regard to other potential sites, including North Street Gardens.

"We are also looking into the potential of the new Monks Cross development area, including the community stadium, to see if that is suitable for an observation wheel and any other potential attraction."

The Oakgate Group, which is developing a £90 million shopping complex at Monks Cross, said it had not been approached by Freij.

Charlie Croft, the council's assistant director for communities, culture and public realm, said: “The council recognises that the wheel represents a good-quality attraction which adds to the city's offer for visitors and residents – we welcome Freij International's approach and are happy to work constructively with them to identify appropriate sites.”

More than 1.7 million people rode on the wheel during its time at the NRM and the Royal York Hotel. Visit York head Kate McMullen said its return would be welcome news for the city's tourism sector.

She said: “We believe the wheel helps to enhance York’s international profile and adds a new dimension to the cityscape.”

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12:00pm Tue 28 Jan 14

SimonHall says...

Some cracking views of car dealers and supermarkets there then.
Some cracking views of car dealers and supermarkets there then. SimonHall
  • Score: 42

12:03pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Marc77 says...

seem to be going round and round in circles over this "interesting" subject.
seem to be going round and round in circles over this "interesting" subject. Marc77
  • Score: 18

12:04pm Tue 28 Jan 14

BL2 says...

No more silly wheel please! If they really must have one, at least Monks Cross is out of York - nothing near the centre!
No more silly wheel please! If they really must have one, at least Monks Cross is out of York - nothing near the centre! BL2
  • Score: -23

12:09pm Tue 28 Jan 14

SethArmstrong says...

I like the wheel and I like it in the City centre. It's not even an eyesore, far from it in my opinion, it looks amazing from miles away when it's lit up. The only issue I could see is money, so as long as the company running it is paying their fair share into the City coffers then I genuinely don't understand why anyone would object.
I like the wheel and I like it in the City centre. It's not even an eyesore, far from it in my opinion, it looks amazing from miles away when it's lit up. The only issue I could see is money, so as long as the company running it is paying their fair share into the City coffers then I genuinely don't understand why anyone would object. SethArmstrong
  • Score: 37

12:26pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

There's still a great tranche of open land in Hungate. And you wouldn't need a telescope to see anything from there (which you would from Monk's Cross).
There's still a great tranche of open land in Hungate. And you wouldn't need a telescope to see anything from there (which you would from Monk's Cross). Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 18

12:30pm Tue 28 Jan 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

No more nude bathing in the garden in Huntington then!.
No more nude bathing in the garden in Huntington then!. YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: -6

12:35pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Fat Harry says...

Browns, Barnitts, and Mulberry Hall will be apoplectic.

Another nail in the city centre's coffin, etc, etc.
Browns, Barnitts, and Mulberry Hall will be apoplectic. Another nail in the city centre's coffin, etc, etc. Fat Harry
  • Score: 16

12:37pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Fat Harry says...

YOUWILLDOASISAY wrote:
No more nude bathing in the garden in Huntington then!.
*cancels advance wheel booking*
[quote][p][bold]YOUWILLDOASISAY[/bold] wrote: No more nude bathing in the garden in Huntington then!.[/p][/quote]*cancels advance wheel booking* Fat Harry
  • Score: 16

12:47pm Tue 28 Jan 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

Fat Harry wrote:
YOUWILLDOASISAY wrote:
No more nude bathing in the garden in Huntington then!.
*cancels advance wheel booking*
It was a generalisation, I don't even live in Huntington but I can understand if you want to cancel based mealy on the thought, I would.
[quote][p][bold]Fat Harry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YOUWILLDOASISAY[/bold] wrote: No more nude bathing in the garden in Huntington then!.[/p][/quote]*cancels advance wheel booking*[/p][/quote]It was a generalisation, I don't even live in Huntington but I can understand if you want to cancel based mealy on the thought, I would. YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: -16

12:55pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Fat Harry says...

;o)
;o) Fat Harry
  • Score: 8

1:38pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Justin7 says...

YOUWILLDOASISAY wrote:
No more nude bathing in the garden in Huntington then!.
It encourages me to do more nude bathing, actually. I like an audience! :D
[quote][p][bold]YOUWILLDOASISAY[/bold] wrote: No more nude bathing in the garden in Huntington then!.[/p][/quote]It encourages me to do more nude bathing, actually. I like an audience! :D Justin7
  • Score: 16

1:49pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Lunatic says...

The problem the previous wheel faced wasn't the location. It was the cost.
The problem the previous wheel faced wasn't the location. It was the cost. Lunatic
  • Score: 5

1:53pm Tue 28 Jan 14

kathcraigs says...

l can't see this being the same attraction at Monk's Cross that it is was with views over the city centre. Hypermarkets and car parks aren't the visitor draw that a historic city is.
l can't see this being the same attraction at Monk's Cross that it is was with views over the city centre. Hypermarkets and car parks aren't the visitor draw that a historic city is. kathcraigs
  • Score: 14

2:14pm Tue 28 Jan 14

GBTYZ says...

It was refused at North St Gardens because of flooding, that hasn't changed. It dspoils Yorks Beautiful skyline, hasn't changed either
It was refused at North St Gardens because of flooding, that hasn't changed. It dspoils Yorks Beautiful skyline, hasn't changed either GBTYZ
  • Score: -9

2:39pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Robert Davro says...

They can think on!
They can think on! Robert Davro
  • Score: 3

2:59pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Teabag1 says...

Anything that helps boycott Lendal bridge and Coppergate sounds good to me, Monks Cross all the way lots of lovely friendly parking.
Anything that helps boycott Lendal bridge and Coppergate sounds good to me, Monks Cross all the way lots of lovely friendly parking. Teabag1
  • Score: 3

3:20pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Fat Harry says...

Justin7 wrote:
YOUWILLDOASISAY wrote: No more nude bathing in the garden in Huntington then!.
It encourages me to do more nude bathing, actually. I like an audience! :D
*rebooks advance wheel booking*
[quote][p][bold]Justin7[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YOUWILLDOASISAY[/bold] wrote: No more nude bathing in the garden in Huntington then!.[/p][/quote]It encourages me to do more nude bathing, actually. I like an audience! :D[/p][/quote]*rebooks advance wheel booking* Fat Harry
  • Score: 8

5:29pm Tue 28 Jan 14

roadwars says...

I've heard a rumour that John £ewis are in talks with the council about moving the railway station, the viking centre, the railway museum and the minster to monks cro$$, it is all a part of the plan to keep busses and taxis flowing freely through the city.
I've heard a rumour that John £ewis are in talks with the council about moving the railway station, the viking centre, the railway museum and the minster to monks cro$$, it is all a part of the plan to keep busses and taxis flowing freely through the city. roadwars
  • Score: 14

6:59pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Igiveinthen says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
There's still a great tranche of open land in Hungate. And you wouldn't need a telescope to see anything from there (which you would from Monk's Cross).
Why can't you say 'slice' instead of 'tranche', I notice this is being used more and more.
As far as the wheel is concerned, why not put it on Clifton Ings?
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: There's still a great tranche of open land in Hungate. And you wouldn't need a telescope to see anything from there (which you would from Monk's Cross).[/p][/quote]Why can't you say 'slice' instead of 'tranche', I notice this is being used more and more. As far as the wheel is concerned, why not put it on Clifton Ings? Igiveinthen
  • Score: -1

8:58pm Tue 28 Jan 14

who2believe says...

I saw blokes in Hi Viz jackets wandering about the field on New Lane next to the Cemetery today. That isn't on the site of the Community Stadium, that's a greenfield site well away and it's Green Belt isn't it?
I saw blokes in Hi Viz jackets wandering about the field on New Lane next to the Cemetery today. That isn't on the site of the Community Stadium, that's a greenfield site well away and it's Green Belt isn't it? who2believe
  • Score: 1

9:11pm Tue 28 Jan 14

ReginaldBiscuit says...

Monks Cross already is a theme park frequented by the herd. The wheel would fit in well. If you added a few more locally-themed attractions it would, I'm sure, be a great success.... Imagine some of the attractions. Not a council Guildhall but a 'Goldhall' (inspired by the Chief Exec's exponentially based salary). A sumo ring in which participants don James Alexander and Chris Seward based jello suits and wrestle with each other set against a recorded soundtrack of the Guildhall's best debates. A ghost train sponsored by the NRM and staffed by some zombies (or council parking attendants as they're otherwise known).

It's a sure winner. I'm sure of it.
Monks Cross already is a theme park frequented by the herd. The wheel would fit in well. If you added a few more locally-themed attractions it would, I'm sure, be a great success.... Imagine some of the attractions. Not a council Guildhall but a 'Goldhall' (inspired by the Chief Exec's exponentially based salary). A sumo ring in which participants don James Alexander and Chris Seward based jello suits and wrestle with each other set against a recorded soundtrack of the Guildhall's best debates. A ghost train sponsored by the NRM and staffed by some zombies (or council parking attendants as they're otherwise known). It's a sure winner. I'm sure of it. ReginaldBiscuit
  • Score: 1

1:30pm Wed 29 Jan 14

YorkPatrol says...

ReginaldBiscuit wrote:
Monks Cross already is a theme park frequented by the herd. The wheel would fit in well. If you added a few more locally-themed attractions it would, I'm sure, be a great success.... Imagine some of the attractions. Not a council Guildhall but a 'Goldhall' (inspired by the Chief Exec's exponentially based salary). A sumo ring in which participants don James Alexander and Chris Seward based jello suits and wrestle with each other set against a recorded soundtrack of the Guildhall's best debates. A ghost train sponsored by the NRM and staffed by some zombies (or council parking attendants as they're otherwise known). It's a sure winner. I'm sure of it.
"Monks Cross already is a theme park frequented by the herd"

it's just a shopping centre where people go to buy things.... What sort of imbecile thinks it’s a theme park??

www.isitathemeparkor
shoppingcentreasinee
dhelp.com
[quote][p][bold]ReginaldBiscuit[/bold] wrote: Monks Cross already is a theme park frequented by the herd. The wheel would fit in well. If you added a few more locally-themed attractions it would, I'm sure, be a great success.... Imagine some of the attractions. Not a council Guildhall but a 'Goldhall' (inspired by the Chief Exec's exponentially based salary). A sumo ring in which participants don James Alexander and Chris Seward based jello suits and wrestle with each other set against a recorded soundtrack of the Guildhall's best debates. A ghost train sponsored by the NRM and staffed by some zombies (or council parking attendants as they're otherwise known). It's a sure winner. I'm sure of it.[/p][/quote]"Monks Cross already is a theme park frequented by the herd" it's just a shopping centre where people go to buy things.... What sort of imbecile thinks it’s a theme park?? www.isitathemeparkor shoppingcentreasinee dhelp.com YorkPatrol
  • Score: 3

5:44pm Wed 29 Jan 14

thecairnman says...

if the council thinks it is a good attraction why did they not extend the planning permission for the Hotel or is it to near lendal bridge
if the council thinks it is a good attraction why did they not extend the planning permission for the Hotel or is it to near lendal bridge thecairnman
  • Score: 1

4:09am Thu 30 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

BL2 wrote:
No more silly wheel please! If they really must have one, at least Monks Cross is out of York - nothing near the centre!
which is exactly the attitude why big tourist attractions like this and the skating rink end up outside the city centre.... boring stuffy old **** with nothing better to do than say (in a 'Droopy the Dog' style): "I don't like that thing, make it go away"
[quote][p][bold]BL2[/bold] wrote: No more silly wheel please! If they really must have one, at least Monks Cross is out of York - nothing near the centre![/p][/quote]which is exactly the attitude why big tourist attractions like this and the skating rink end up outside the city centre.... boring stuffy old **** with nothing better to do than say (in a 'Droopy the Dog' style): "I don't like that thing, make it go away" Magicman!
  • Score: -1

4:11am Thu 30 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

who2believe wrote:
I saw blokes in Hi Viz jackets wandering about the field on New Lane next to the Cemetery today. That isn't on the site of the Community Stadium, that's a greenfield site well away and it's Green Belt isn't it?
The council want to build a few hundred houses on that site. And that isn't opinion, it's fact because I checked the councils documents.
[quote][p][bold]who2believe[/bold] wrote: I saw blokes in Hi Viz jackets wandering about the field on New Lane next to the Cemetery today. That isn't on the site of the Community Stadium, that's a greenfield site well away and it's Green Belt isn't it?[/p][/quote]The council want to build a few hundred houses on that site. And that isn't opinion, it's fact because I checked the councils documents. Magicman!
  • Score: -1

9:56am Thu 30 Jan 14

MouseHouse says...

it won't happen.
it won't happen. MouseHouse
  • Score: 0

8:55am Fri 31 Jan 14

topumpire1 says...

Like I said when the wheel first came back to York, when all the fuss of it's "new" site were discussed & rejected (north Street, Museum Gardens.......) the best place WAS & still is ...."THE NRM". Even though they then did NOT want it.
What has changed the NRM's mind? They had a great year last with the Mallard celebrations & thus must fear a massive reduction in footfall!
Are Museums meant to be trying to INCREASE their footfall year after year? If so, the NRM will find itself missing target. If national museums are judged on Increasing footfall, for future funding, then.......
Also, with the threat by the parent museum of closure for ONE of it's Northern Museum's, if increasing footfall, year on year, was a criteria (or the MAIN criteria), the NRM would be looking down the gun barrel! HOW can they increase footfall from last year? - Impossible, do we want the "full" signs up, like last year week in week out & Que's forming?
Like I said when the wheel first came back to York, when all the fuss of it's "new" site were discussed & rejected (north Street, Museum Gardens.......) the best place WAS & still is ...."THE NRM". Even though they then did NOT want it. What has changed the NRM's mind? They had a great year last with the Mallard celebrations & thus must fear a massive reduction in footfall! Are Museums meant to be trying to INCREASE their footfall year after year? If so, the NRM will find itself missing target. If national museums are judged on Increasing footfall, for future funding, then....... Also, with the threat by the parent museum of closure for ONE of it's Northern Museum's, if increasing footfall, year on year, was a criteria (or the MAIN criteria), the NRM would be looking down the gun barrel! HOW can they increase footfall from last year? - Impossible, do we want the "full" signs up, like last year week in week out & Que's forming? topumpire1
  • Score: 0

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