Ruling councillors back new York wheel site

York Press: How St George’s Field car park might look if the wheel is sited there How St George’s Field car park might look if the wheel is sited there

PLANS to bring a big wheel back to York have cleared the first hurdle, after ruling councillors gave tentative approval to a new site.

World Tourist Attractions wants to put a wheel in St George’s Field car park for three months, to gauge public opinion.

The ruling executive of City of York Council, which owns the car park, yesterday agreed to the idea in principle. WTA will now draw up a detailed application, for consideration by the council’s planning committee.

Damon Copperthwaite, assistant director of city development, told yesterday’s meeting that a letter of objection had been received from Bishops Wharf management company, which represents people living in flats across the Ouse from St George’s Field, but he said the objections were a matter for the planning committee.

Council leader Andrew Waller said: “As landowner, we would be expected to give a view here. There is no intrinsic reason why the wheel should not be on that site, although there may be views expressed at the planning meeting.”

Former leader Steve Galloway, now responsible for city strategy, said nobody at the council had forced WTA to move from their previous site, beside the National Railway Museum in Leeman Road, and said their more recent request to site a wheel beside the Park Inn Hotel in North Street had been inappropriate.

The executive also yesterday approved plans to press ahead with trying to make York an official World Heritage site.

Former Lord Mayor Janet Hopton said York had wasted a chance to attain the status in 1990, and said this would be the last chance to rectify that until 2022.

Sir Ron Cooke, chairman of the Without Walls group and former vice-chancellor of the University of York, said the city ticked all the boxes for World Heritage recognition, saying: “It is unequivocally an area of outstanding status.”

Coun Christian Vassie, responsible for leisure and culture, said it was vital that York emphasised its social history and impressive documentary archives, rather than focussing on buildings such as the Minster.

Coun Waller said attaining status would not be easy, but said: “If we were to kill off this opportunity, I do not think we would be forgiven.”

The executive also formally opposed plans for a new £6 million link road for Bishopthorpe, saying it would be too expensive and yield too few benefits. That matter will now be referred back to a meeting of the whole council.

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9:38am Wed 18 Mar 09

SELBY :-) says...

Forgive me if Im missing something but is a car park that floods the best place for a wheel??
Forgive me if Im missing something but is a car park that floods the best place for a wheel?? SELBY :-)
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9:47am Wed 18 Mar 09

oldgoat says...

SELBY :-) wrote:
Forgive me if Im missing something but is a car park that floods the best place for a wheel??
Well, with a bit of luck, it would simply float away in the first bad flood next year and get washed up somewhere that actually wants the thing.

Of course, they could market it as the first 'underwater' viewing wheel.
[quote][p][bold]SELBY :-)[/bold] wrote: Forgive me if Im missing something but is a car park that floods the best place for a wheel??[/p][/quote]Well, with a bit of luck, it would simply float away in the first bad flood next year and get washed up somewhere that actually wants the thing. Of course, they could market it as the first 'underwater' viewing wheel. oldgoat
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9:49am Wed 18 Mar 09

Mullarkian says...

But what about the 200 foot helter skelter.....?
But what about the 200 foot helter skelter.....? Mullarkian
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9:50am Wed 18 Mar 09

Yorkborn says...

No, but then what else did we expect?

I just wonder how many car parking spaces are going to be lost to site this wheel. I appreciate that York has oodles of parking space availability for York residents and our Visitors and that the queues to the Castle and Piccadilly car parks are just a figment of my imagination.
No, but then what else did we expect? I just wonder how many car parking spaces are going to be lost to site this wheel. I appreciate that York has oodles of parking space availability for York residents and our Visitors and that the queues to the Castle and Piccadilly car parks are just a figment of my imagination. Yorkborn
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9:53am Wed 18 Mar 09

micky moodys hat says...


I just wonder how many car parking spaces are going to be lost to site this wheel. I appreciate that York has oodles of parking space availability for York residents and our Visitors and that the queues to the Castle and Piccadilly car parks are just a figment of my imagination.


Ahem, Park and ride
I just wonder how many car parking spaces are going to be lost to site this wheel. I appreciate that York has oodles of parking space availability for York residents and our Visitors and that the queues to the Castle and Piccadilly car parks are just a figment of my imagination. Ahem, Park and ride micky moodys hat
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10:02am Wed 18 Mar 09

Paula_T says...

yes gives a whole new meaning to park and ride !
yes gives a whole new meaning to park and ride ! Paula_T
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10:07am Wed 18 Mar 09

NotChrisHNorris says...

Just wondering if Pedalling Paul is unwell - he's not made any comment about cycling to see the wheel! Get well soon Paul
Just wondering if Pedalling Paul is unwell - he's not made any comment about cycling to see the wheel! Get well soon Paul NotChrisHNorris
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10:22am Wed 18 Mar 09

Soothsayer2.0 says...

Have said it before & will say it again:

York should be competing with Prague, not Blackpool.
Have said it before & will say it again: York should be competing with Prague, not Blackpool. Soothsayer2.0
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10:28am Wed 18 Mar 09

Chumpy says...

Pedalling P is fine, but is busy at the moment stalking York’s new cycling chief Graham Titchener
Pedalling P is fine, but is busy at the moment stalking York’s new cycling chief Graham Titchener Chumpy
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10:32am Wed 18 Mar 09

NotChrisHNorris says...

Chumpy wrote:
Pedalling P is fine, but is busy at the moment stalking York’s new cycling chief Graham Titchener
Thanks for that - now I can concentrate on some work!
[quote][p][bold]Chumpy[/bold] wrote: Pedalling P is fine, but is busy at the moment stalking York’s new cycling chief Graham Titchener [/p][/quote]Thanks for that - now I can concentrate on some work! NotChrisHNorris
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11:02am Wed 18 Mar 09

johnrich37 says...

"Soothsayer2.0, York says...
York should be competing with Prague, not Blackpool"

Agreed, but we would have to import the girls!
"Soothsayer2.0, York says... York should be competing with Prague, not Blackpool" Agreed, but we would have to import the girls! johnrich37
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11:22am Wed 18 Mar 09

Taken for a Mug says...

Chumpy wrote:
Pedalling P is fine, but is busy at the moment stalking York’s new cycling chief Graham Titchener
How long before they are pictured together on a tandem?
[quote][p][bold]Chumpy[/bold] wrote: Pedalling P is fine, but is busy at the moment stalking York’s new cycling chief Graham Titchener [/p][/quote]How long before they are pictured together on a tandem? Taken for a Mug
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11:35am Wed 18 Mar 09

Chumpy says...

Taken for a Mug wrote:
Chumpy wrote: Pedalling P is fine, but is busy at the moment stalking York’s new cycling chief Graham Titchener
How long before they are pictured together on a tandem?
On the naked bike ride through York arrrgggggg
[quote][p][bold]Taken for a Mug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chumpy[/bold] wrote: Pedalling P is fine, but is busy at the moment stalking York’s new cycling chief Graham Titchener [/p][/quote]How long before they are pictured together on a tandem?[/p][/quote]On the naked bike ride through York arrrgggggg Chumpy
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12:03pm Wed 18 Mar 09

Beckster says...

Maybe with the proximity of the wheel to the Magistrates and Crown Courts, the wheel could double up during flood season as a ducking stool......... :-D
Maybe with the proximity of the wheel to the Magistrates and Crown Courts, the wheel could double up during flood season as a ducking stool......... :-D Beckster
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12:20pm Wed 18 Mar 09

Peace says...

It doesn't seem a safe place to put the wheel as it looks like it's falling over....

They should put it on the top of Stonebow House....
It doesn't seem a safe place to put the wheel as it looks like it's falling over.... They should put it on the top of Stonebow House.... Peace
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12:36pm Wed 18 Mar 09

York1900 says...

Well English Heritage may objecte come to the conclusion that it is a unsuitable site for such use

Well English Heritage may objecte come to the conclusion that it is a unsuitable site for such use York1900
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12:50pm Wed 18 Mar 09

mystic_genius says...

York1900 wrote:
Well English Heritage may objecte come to the conclusion that it is a unsuitable site for such use

...after they start installing it there...
[quote][p][bold]York1900[/bold] wrote: Well English Heritage may objecte come to the conclusion that it is a unsuitable site for such use [/p][/quote] ...after they start installing it there... mystic_genius
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1:30pm Wed 18 Mar 09

bishboy says...

When will the council ever listen to what we,the local people that elected them, actually want ?
Or in this case not want.
When will the council ever listen to what we,the local people that elected them, actually want ? Or in this case not want. bishboy
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2:07pm Wed 18 Mar 09

keepitshut says...

What about the funfair that is booked for Easter on this car park?
Dont think the showmen are going to be very happy about sharing the space with the big wheel.
What about the funfair that is booked for Easter on this car park? Dont think the showmen are going to be very happy about sharing the space with the big wheel. keepitshut
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3:40pm Wed 18 Mar 09

Grumpy Old Feller says...

Don't see why, it will give the punters something to do whilr waiting in the queue
Don't see why, it will give the punters something to do whilr waiting in the queue Grumpy Old Feller
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4:11pm Wed 18 Mar 09

LittleTed says...

************NEWS FLASH***************
*

It's been given the go ahead.
************NEWS FLASH*************** * It's been given the go ahead. LittleTed
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5:11pm Wed 18 Mar 09

the butler says...

Forget the Wheel,
York is not Vienna, Put a swimming pool where the old one used to be, but don't forget the recurring flood levels!
Forget the Wheel, York is not Vienna, Put a swimming pool where the old one used to be, but don't forget the recurring flood levels! the butler
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8:48pm Wed 18 Mar 09

Yorkborn says...

Mickey Moodys Hat:

Ahem, Park & Ride?

Great if your spending all day in York. I despise the F****** place so much, I only venture in as a MUST to pay a bill etc. Park & ride? To carry out a 30 minute task, I have more to do with my time.
The Wheel ? Shove the thing into the nearest skip, and let me carry out a simple task in a short space of time, without having to endure the likes of you Muesli munching to******!
Mickey Moodys Hat: Ahem, Park & Ride? Great if your spending all day in York. I despise the F****** place so much, I only venture in as a MUST to pay a bill etc. Park & ride? To carry out a 30 minute task, I have more to do with my time. The Wheel ? Shove the thing into the nearest skip, and let me carry out a simple task in a short space of time, without having to endure the likes of you Muesli munching to******! Yorkborn
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10:07pm Wed 18 Mar 09

pedalling paul says...

Chumpy wrote:
Taken for a Mug wrote:
Chumpy wrote: Pedalling P is fine, but is busy at the moment stalking York’s new cycling chief Graham Titchener
How long before they are pictured together on a tandem?
On the naked bike ride through York arrrgggggg
I'm not biting......!
[quote][p][bold]Chumpy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Taken for a Mug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chumpy[/bold] wrote: Pedalling P is fine, but is busy at the moment stalking York’s new cycling chief Graham Titchener [/p][/quote]How long before they are pictured together on a tandem?[/p][/quote]On the naked bike ride through York arrrgggggg[/p][/quote]I'm not biting......! pedalling paul
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