New big wheel plan confirmed for York

York Press: York's skyline could soon feature a big wheel once again York's skyline could soon feature a big wheel once again

PLANS to bring a big wheel back to the National Railway Museum in York have been submitted, more than five years after it was removed.

The proposals would see a 50.5-metre wheel with 42 “gondolas” being built in the main car park at the Leeman Road site through a joint venture between the Science Museum Group, which runs the NRM, and operators Freij International.

It would remain there for three years if City of York Council approves the scheme, with a decision expected next month.

About 1.2 million people used a larger wheel next to the museum’s Great Hall between 2006 and 2008, and another wheel later returned to the city in the grounds of the Royal York Hotel. However, it was dismantled last autumn after the council said planning permission was unlikely to be extended for a second time.

The Press revealed last month that Freij wanted to bring a wheel back to York. The company said at the time that it was also considering other potential locations, including North Street Gardens and Monks Cross.

Tourism agency Visit York has said the wheel, which increased the NRM’s visitor numbers during its original run at the site, would benefit York.

A statement sent to council planners by DSP Architects said that while the application was for three years, an extension could be requested. It said six jobs would be created.

Each gondola would have space for six people and the wheel would operate between 10am and 5.30pm, to tie in with the NRM’s opening hours, although it may run until 10pm during peak holiday times and some corporate events. A queueing system would also be introduced.

DSP’s statement said: “The positioning of the wheel in this location will result in linked trips with both the city-centre and its shopping and leisure attractions, and to the National Railway Museum itself.

“The proposed wheel has the potential to draw new trade to the area, boosting attendance at the National Railway Museum, while the experience on the wheel will provide an opportunity to raise visitor awareness of other York attractions.

All visitors will have the opportunity to develop their historical understanding of York while viewing it from such a perspective.”

DSP said the previous NRM wheel had shown there would be no noise issues from customers, no music or PA announcements, and a “noise-suppressed generator” would power the wheel.

It said the application was in line with the council’s strategy of attracting new leisure facilities in or close to the city-centre.

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4:19pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Jazzper says...

I'm not going to go 'batty' over this proposal...
I'm not going to go 'batty' over this proposal... Jazzper
  • Score: 0

4:33pm Thu 20 Feb 14

pbrowne2009@live.co.uk says...

Should never have taken it down. planning permission or not, the wheel should be a standard feature in York till the day it stops bringing in revenue for the CC. My daughter was gutted when it was torn down, was over the moon when I said It might be returning.
Should never have taken it down. planning permission or not, the wheel should be a standard feature in York till the day it stops bringing in revenue for the CC. My daughter was gutted when it was torn down, was over the moon when I said It might be returning. pbrowne2009@live.co.uk
  • Score: 7

4:43pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Mr. Marcus says...

The wheel is a real attraction to tourists and visitors.
They can see the mouth of Alexander-empty, of course.
The wheel is a real attraction to tourists and visitors. They can see the mouth of Alexander-empty, of course. Mr. Marcus
  • Score: -16

5:08pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Woody G Mellor says...

pbrowne2009@live.co.
uk
wrote:
Should never have taken it down. planning permission or not, the wheel should be a standard feature in York till the day it stops bringing in revenue for the CC. My daughter was gutted when it was torn down, was over the moon when I said It might be returning.
What a pathetic post! What a drama Queen!

I don't think anyone outside of your family and friends gives a flying **** that your daughter was "gutted" that a large metal wheel against York's historic skyline had been DISMANTLED, not, "torn down".

And before anyone starts, personally I'll take it or leave it.
[quote][p][bold]pbrowne2009@live.co. uk[/bold] wrote: Should never have taken it down. planning permission or not, the wheel should be a standard feature in York till the day it stops bringing in revenue for the CC. My daughter was gutted when it was torn down, was over the moon when I said It might be returning.[/p][/quote]What a pathetic post! What a drama Queen! I don't think anyone outside of your family and friends gives a flying **** that your daughter was "gutted" that a large metal wheel against York's historic skyline had been DISMANTLED, not, "torn down". And before anyone starts, personally I'll take it or leave it. Woody G Mellor
  • Score: -23

5:29pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Eborwatch says...

Will users be able to see the clear open spaces on Lendal Bridge?
Will users be able to see the clear open spaces on Lendal Bridge? Eborwatch
  • Score: -4

6:07pm Thu 20 Feb 14

dctyke says...

Eborwatch wrote:
Will users be able to see the clear open spaces on Lendal Bridge?
Maybe should put it on the bridge :-)
[quote][p][bold]Eborwatch[/bold] wrote: Will users be able to see the clear open spaces on Lendal Bridge?[/p][/quote]Maybe should put it on the bridge :-) dctyke
  • Score: 6

7:24pm Thu 20 Feb 14

gurgles says...

Woody G Mellor wrote:
pbrowne2009@live.co.

uk
wrote:
Should never have taken it down. planning permission or not, the wheel should be a standard feature in York till the day it stops bringing in revenue for the CC. My daughter was gutted when it was torn down, was over the moon when I said It might be returning.
What a pathetic post! What a drama Queen!

I don't think anyone outside of your family and friends gives a flying **** that your daughter was "gutted" that a large metal wheel against York's historic skyline had been DISMANTLED, not, "torn down".

And before anyone starts, personally I'll take it or leave it.
gosh you seem a mellow fellow . . .
[quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pbrowne2009@live.co. uk[/bold] wrote: Should never have taken it down. planning permission or not, the wheel should be a standard feature in York till the day it stops bringing in revenue for the CC. My daughter was gutted when it was torn down, was over the moon when I said It might be returning.[/p][/quote]What a pathetic post! What a drama Queen! I don't think anyone outside of your family and friends gives a flying **** that your daughter was "gutted" that a large metal wheel against York's historic skyline had been DISMANTLED, not, "torn down". And before anyone starts, personally I'll take it or leave it.[/p][/quote]gosh you seem a mellow fellow . . . gurgles
  • Score: 6

7:27pm Thu 20 Feb 14

gurgles says...

Woody G Mellor wrote:
pbrowne2009@live.co.

uk
wrote:
Should never have taken it down. planning permission or not, the wheel should be a standard feature in York till the day it stops bringing in revenue for the CC. My daughter was gutted when it was torn down, was over the moon when I said It might be returning.
What a pathetic post! What a drama Queen!

I don't think anyone outside of your family and friends gives a flying **** that your daughter was "gutted" that a large metal wheel against York's historic skyline had been DISMANTLED, not, "torn down".

And before anyone starts, personally I'll take it or leave it.
you seem a merry mellow fellow maybe you should try chewin off the wheels girders . . .
[quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pbrowne2009@live.co. uk[/bold] wrote: Should never have taken it down. planning permission or not, the wheel should be a standard feature in York till the day it stops bringing in revenue for the CC. My daughter was gutted when it was torn down, was over the moon when I said It might be returning.[/p][/quote]What a pathetic post! What a drama Queen! I don't think anyone outside of your family and friends gives a flying **** that your daughter was "gutted" that a large metal wheel against York's historic skyline had been DISMANTLED, not, "torn down". And before anyone starts, personally I'll take it or leave it.[/p][/quote]you seem a merry mellow fellow maybe you should try chewin off the wheels girders . . . gurgles
  • Score: 1

8:01pm Thu 20 Feb 14

RingoStarr says...

Woody G Mellor wrote:
pbrowne2009@live.co.

uk
wrote:
Should never have taken it down. planning permission or not, the wheel should be a standard feature in York till the day it stops bringing in revenue for the CC. My daughter was gutted when it was torn down, was over the moon when I said It might be returning.
What a pathetic post! What a drama Queen!

I don't think anyone outside of your family and friends gives a flying **** that your daughter was "gutted" that a large metal wheel against York's historic skyline had been DISMANTLED, not, "torn down".

And before anyone starts, personally I'll take it or leave it.
Suggest you leave it.
[quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pbrowne2009@live.co. uk[/bold] wrote: Should never have taken it down. planning permission or not, the wheel should be a standard feature in York till the day it stops bringing in revenue for the CC. My daughter was gutted when it was torn down, was over the moon when I said It might be returning.[/p][/quote]What a pathetic post! What a drama Queen! I don't think anyone outside of your family and friends gives a flying **** that your daughter was "gutted" that a large metal wheel against York's historic skyline had been DISMANTLED, not, "torn down". And before anyone starts, personally I'll take it or leave it.[/p][/quote]Suggest you leave it. RingoStarr
  • Score: 5

8:18pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Woody G Mellor says...

They don't call me Mellow Mellor for nowt tha knows!
They don't call me Mellow Mellor for nowt tha knows! Woody G Mellor
  • Score: 4

8:20pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Woody G Mellor says...

I think I may have unwittingly discovered our Likes/Dislikes hacker..............
.........pbrowne2009
@live.co.uk
I think I may have unwittingly discovered our Likes/Dislikes hacker.............. .........pbrowne2009 @live.co.uk Woody G Mellor
  • Score: -19

8:34pm Thu 20 Feb 14

piaggio1 says...

Yea. Where.s he bin.?
Missin him/it allready.
Yea. Where.s he bin.? Missin him/it allready. piaggio1
  • Score: 0

10:30pm Thu 20 Feb 14

gurgles says...

Woody G Mellor wrote:
They don't call me Mellow Mellor for nowt tha knows!
mellow mellor better that than bellow mellow . . !
[quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: They don't call me Mellow Mellor for nowt tha knows![/p][/quote]mellow mellor better that than bellow mellow . . ! gurgles
  • Score: 1

4:18am Fri 21 Feb 14

Dave Ruddock says...

can the so called grown ups behave and direct comments to the subject. i see that most comment are gibbish , the wheel could well be back, id love it to be right outside the council offices or the massive carpark next to the council offices and on a permanent basis.
can the so called grown ups behave and direct comments to the subject. i see that most comment are gibbish , the wheel could well be back, id love it to be right outside the council offices or the massive carpark next to the council offices and on a permanent basis. Dave Ruddock
  • Score: 0

8:48am Fri 21 Feb 14

pedalling paul says...

Dave Ruddock wrote:
can the so called grown ups behave and direct comments to the subject. i see that most comment are gibbish , the wheel could well be back, id love it to be right outside the council offices or the massive carpark next to the council offices and on a permanent basis.
That would be very useful for Councillors who like to go round in circles......support
ing the creation of the Clifton Green cycle lane while in opposition, then getting rid of it once in power. Will this come full circle, and the cycle lane be reinstated on safety grounds....?
[quote][p][bold]Dave Ruddock[/bold] wrote: can the so called grown ups behave and direct comments to the subject. i see that most comment are gibbish , the wheel could well be back, id love it to be right outside the council offices or the massive carpark next to the council offices and on a permanent basis.[/p][/quote]That would be very useful for Councillors who like to go round in circles......support ing the creation of the Clifton Green cycle lane while in opposition, then getting rid of it once in power. Will this come full circle, and the cycle lane be reinstated on safety grounds....? pedalling paul
  • Score: -1

9:47am Fri 21 Feb 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Dave Ruddock wrote: can the so called grown ups behave and direct comments to the subject. i see that most comment are gibbish , the wheel could well be back, id love it to be right outside the council offices or the massive carpark next to the council offices and on a permanent basis.
That would be very useful for Councillors who like to go round in circles......support ing the creation of the Clifton Green cycle lane while in opposition, then getting rid of it once in power. Will this come full circle, and the cycle lane be reinstated on safety grounds....?
No.
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dave Ruddock[/bold] wrote: can the so called grown ups behave and direct comments to the subject. i see that most comment are gibbish , the wheel could well be back, id love it to be right outside the council offices or the massive carpark next to the council offices and on a permanent basis.[/p][/quote]That would be very useful for Councillors who like to go round in circles......support ing the creation of the Clifton Green cycle lane while in opposition, then getting rid of it once in power. Will this come full circle, and the cycle lane be reinstated on safety grounds....?[/p][/quote]No. Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: 0

9:54am Fri 21 Feb 14

Filofact! says...

They say that what goes round comes round, hope it is another wheely good success and silences those "tyresome" critics.
They say that what goes round comes round,[ unless anyone puts a spoke in this one?!] hope it is another wheely good success and silences those "tyresome" critics. [No apologies..puns intended! ] Filofact!
  • Score: 2

4:39pm Fri 21 Feb 14

meme says...

If the cycle lane is reinstated by the cycling fanatics at Clifton green we will all be forced to cycle as the closure of the bridge which will be permanent and this will cause total gridlock....but perhaps that's PP's cunning long term plan
However love the idea of the wheel coming back..... Bring it on asap
If the cycle lane is reinstated by the cycling fanatics at Clifton green we will all be forced to cycle as the closure of the bridge which will be permanent and this will cause total gridlock....but perhaps that's PP's cunning long term plan However love the idea of the wheel coming back..... Bring it on asap meme
  • Score: 0

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