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Observation Wheel To Return To Scarborough's Seafront

Observation Wheel To Return To Scarborough's Seafront

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 11:37am 28th February 2020.

Scarborough's seafront observation wheel will return for the 2020 season alongside an adventure golf course.

Last year, a 32-metre high wheel operated on the site of the former Futurist Theatre on Scarborough’s seafront throughout the summer season.

The borough council’s cabinet member for Economy, Communities and Commercial, Cllr Liz Colling (Lab) today approved the lease of the land for this year’s attractions.

A report, prepared for Cllr Colling, stated:

“It is proposed that the wheel and adventure golf will be brought to site on the 23 March and will be erected over 13 days.”

The decision means the council is once more making temporary use of the seafront site as the authority examines its deal with Flamingo Land for the land.

The theme park operator was given preferred bidder status for the Futurist site following its £4.5m demolition, though, following a review of the council’s decision-making process a task group has been set up to look at what the best use of the land would be.

The decision likely spells the end of Flamingo Land’s hopes to build its attraction which would have included a 60m-high “Cliffhanger” ride, a rollercoaster, and a four-storey building housing restaurants and play areas.


There are 3 comments on this page.

zara, on 28th February 2020 4:16pm
not that i am against the temporary wheel (not that i would use it) but did they actually try to get any other tender for the lands use?
Fileyman, on 28th February 2020 4:43pm
A really good use of £4.5m land clearance that nobody wanted to happen in the first place.

So SBC your always telling us about council transparency.

How much are the operators been charged by SBC for the lease.
JohnfromScarborough, on 28th February 2020 7:42pm
The article refers to a deal with Flamingo Land. I thought that the report which was produced a few weeks back plainly stated that there was no deal?

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