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Scarborough's Observation Wheel To Be Disassembled

Scarborough's Observation Wheel To Be Disassembled

Published by Karen Liu with contributions by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 2:48pm 21st October 2019. (Updated at 4:12pm 21st October 2019)

Scarborough's observation wheel is to be disassembled.

The attraction, which has been operating on the site of the former Futurist Theatre, has been there since 30th July until November 10th.

The wheel is to leave the town slightly earlier than planned and will now be gone by the end of the week, Scarborough Council has confirmed, as it will undergo maintenance before heading to its next destination.

The 32-metre high wheel, managed by Observation Wheel UK, could have carried a maximum of 144 passengers with six people seated in each of its 24 enclosed gondolas.

The temporary feature was placed on the seafront as the council examines its deal with Flamingo Land for the site.

The company wants to build a £14m coastal attraction complete with rollercoaster and Cliffhanger tower where the Futurist once stood.

The theme park operator was given preferred bidder status for the Futurist site following its £4.5m demolition, though the leader of the council, Labour’s Cllr Steve Siddons, has now launched a review of the deal to ensure it is the best option for the borough and its taxpayers.

Scarborough Firefighters are currently carrying out an exercise on the wheel before it is disassembled.

Scarborough Observation Wheel
Scarborough Observation Wheel
Scarborough Observation Wheel
Scarborough Observation Wheel
Scarborough Observation Wheel
Scarborough Observation Wheel

 

 

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JohnfromScarborough, on 21st October 2019 4:24pm
If I have understood this article correctly I have to say that it is rather odd that the wheel is being taken down by the end of this week and not next week which is half term for many schools and therefore there will be many potential customers in town.
JohnfromScarborough, on 22nd October 2019 10:29am
So Flamingo Land " wants to build a £14m coastal attraction complete with rollercoaster and Cliffhanger tower where the Futurist once stood."
Does it. Are you sure? Is the company on record in saying in recent weeks that this is still their intention?

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