Top-level support for return of York's big wheel

The big wheel, when it was sited in the grounds of the Royal York Hotel and York Minster

The big wheel when it was previously at the National Railway Museum

Charlie Croft, assistant director for communities

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ONE of York’s culture bosses has backed plans to bring a big wheel back to the city, saying it will be a major boost for tourism and the local skyline.

A joint scheme by the Science Museum Group, which runs the National Railway Museum (NRM), and Freij International would see a 50.5-metre observation wheel installed in the main car park of the Leeman Road tourist attraction.

A planning application for the scheme has been submitted to City of York Council.

If the proposals are approved, it would remain there for three years, although its stay could be extended if it proves a success.

York’s first big wheel was based at the NRM between 2006 and 2008 and later returned to the grounds of the Royal York Hotel, but was dismantled last year after the council said any request to keep it there for longer was unlikely to succeed.

In an email to planning officials, Charlie Croft, the authority’s assistant director for communities, culture and public realm, said: “The wheel has been an excellent addition to York’s visitor attractions, much liked by both visitors and residents.

“It has created an association with the image of York, becoming part of the iconography of the York skyline.

“It is a significant part of York’s visitor offer with a particular impact on regional day visitors, and, as such, is a contributor to York’s economy.”

Mr Croft said the NRM had already shown it could host a big wheel “with considerable success”, and it had led to the attraction’s visitor numbers rising when it was based there previously.

He said: “There are very few available sites to host the wheel in central locations and it is encouraging that this site has come forward.

“I would support the return of the wheel as an important visitor attraction and leisure amenity.

The NRM wheel would have 42 gondolas, each with space for six people, and six jobs would be created.

Freij has said other potential sites in the city have been considered, including North Street Gardens and Monks Cross.

A decision on whether it returns could be made next month.

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8:42am Tue 25 Feb 14

yorkie71 says...

who cares .... York is too flat to look interesting from 50m up
who cares .... York is too flat to look interesting from 50m up yorkie71
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9:17am Tue 25 Feb 14

Proudlock says...

Lendal bridge is an available site in a central location ;-)
Lendal bridge is an available site in a central location ;-) Proudlock
  • Score: 6

9:24am Tue 25 Feb 14

BL2 says...

“It has created an association with the image of York, becoming part of the iconography of the York skyline.

Rubbish! It's a total eyesore that intrudes on the skyline!
[quote]“It has created an association with the image of York, becoming part of the iconography of the York skyline. [/quote] Rubbish! It's a total eyesore that intrudes on the skyline! BL2
  • Score: 3

9:29am Tue 25 Feb 14

pedalling paul says...

Interesting that an email presumably sent as part of internal consultation has reached the public domain. Is the full Planning Officers report available for us to browse as well?
Interesting that an email presumably sent as part of internal consultation has reached the public domain. Is the full Planning Officers report available for us to browse as well? pedalling paul
  • Score: 2

9:47am Tue 25 Feb 14

roskoboskovic says...

TOP LEVEL.LOL
TOP LEVEL.LOL roskoboskovic
  • Score: -1

9:53am Tue 25 Feb 14

meme says...

Great get it re-erected ASAP
Great get it re-erected ASAP meme
  • Score: 2

2:34pm Tue 25 Feb 14

MissConstrood says...

Bring it back quick - the sites are amazing - flat or not. The city needs the revenue.
Bring it back quick - the sites are amazing - flat or not. The city needs the revenue. MissConstrood
  • Score: 6

2:35pm Tue 25 Feb 14

MissConstrood says...

sites? oops
sites? oops MissConstrood
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3:38pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Ageing Hippy says...

BL2 wrote:
“It has created an association with the image of York, becoming part of the iconography of the York skyline.

Rubbish! It's a total eyesore that intrudes on the skyline!
In your opinion, In my opinion it looks great and it keeps those **** bats away as well!
[quote][p][bold]BL2[/bold] wrote: [quote]“It has created an association with the image of York, becoming part of the iconography of the York skyline. [/quote] Rubbish! It's a total eyesore that intrudes on the skyline![/p][/quote]In your opinion, In my opinion it looks great and it keeps those **** bats away as well! Ageing Hippy
  • Score: 4

3:39pm Tue 25 Feb 14

notmyrealname says...

How much does it cost to keep moving this thing around all the time ( is it the same wheel ?) Surely the , storage, transport and building cost must take up the first few years profit . Never mind Health and Safety , Risk assessments etc. The changes of this all going pear shaped must be high surely ? Send it to Monks Cross - Great views of M and S etc
How much does it cost to keep moving this thing around all the time ( is it the same wheel ?) Surely the , storage, transport and building cost must take up the first few years profit . Never mind Health and Safety , Risk assessments etc. The changes of this all going pear shaped must be high surely ? Send it to Monks Cross - Great views of M and S etc notmyrealname
  • Score: -2

3:39pm Tue 25 Feb 14

notmyrealname says...

sorry chances ..
sorry chances .. notmyrealname
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8:10pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Seadog says...

Although I'm not a huge fan of the wheel, I do think that the NRM is an appropriate enough location. As for York's flatness - surely this what makes high vantage points worthwhile? You really can see an awfully long way hereabouts. Some believe it's possible to see Lincoln Cathedral from the top of the Minster (55.5 miles) though others dispute this, arguing that the curvature of the earth would intervene. The "jury is still out" on this, I believe,
Although I'm not a huge fan of the wheel, I do think that the NRM is an appropriate enough location. As for York's flatness - surely this what makes high vantage points worthwhile? You really can see an awfully long way hereabouts. Some believe it's possible to see Lincoln Cathedral from the top of the Minster (55.5 miles) though others dispute this, arguing that the curvature of the earth would intervene. The "jury is still out" on this, I believe, Seadog
  • Score: 1

1:46am Thu 27 Feb 14

Magicman! says...

notmyrealname wrote:
How much does it cost to keep moving this thing around all the time ( is it the same wheel ?) Surely the , storage, transport and building cost must take up the first few years profit . Never mind Health and Safety , Risk assessments etc. The changes of this all going pear shaped must be high surely ? Send it to Monks Cross - Great views of M and S etc
The reason York keeps only getting temporary ones is because the cxity seems to be full of boring old **** who oppose anything 'new', and seem to think a wheel is unsuitable for York.

And FYI it is not the same wheel... the wheel that was in the grounds of the Royal York Hotel is now in Manchester Piccadilly Gardens, and the wheel that was at the NRM previously is now in Dubai.
[quote][p][bold]notmyrealname[/bold] wrote: How much does it cost to keep moving this thing around all the time ( is it the same wheel ?) Surely the , storage, transport and building cost must take up the first few years profit . Never mind Health and Safety , Risk assessments etc. The changes of this all going pear shaped must be high surely ? Send it to Monks Cross - Great views of M and S etc[/p][/quote]The reason York keeps only getting temporary ones is because the cxity seems to be full of boring old **** who oppose anything 'new', and seem to think a wheel is unsuitable for York. And FYI it is not the same wheel... the wheel that was in the grounds of the Royal York Hotel is now in Manchester Piccadilly Gardens, and the wheel that was at the NRM previously is now in Dubai. Magicman!
  • Score: 0

9:21am Thu 27 Feb 14

Pinza-C55 says...

BL2 wrote:
“It has created an association with the image of York, becoming part of the iconography of the York skyline.

Rubbish! It's a total eyesore that intrudes on the skyline!
When you read garbage like that you know that the full report will include the word "sustainable" several times.
[quote][p][bold]BL2[/bold] wrote: [quote]“It has created an association with the image of York, becoming part of the iconography of the York skyline. [/quote] Rubbish! It's a total eyesore that intrudes on the skyline![/p][/quote]When you read garbage like that you know that the full report will include the word "sustainable" several times. Pinza-C55
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