Controversial big wheel approved
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a huge big wheel in Stratford-upon-Avon were approved by Stratford District Council last night, Wednesday, amid shouts of anger from residents.
Around 50 members of the public attended a meeting of the council’s west area planning committee, which voted 5 to 2 in favour of the plans.
The wheel, which will measure around 34 metres in height, could be built on the Recreation Ground within weeks.
The plan had been recommended for approval before the meeting, despite fierce opposition from Stratford Town Council, Stratford Boat Club and Warwickshire County Council’s Highways Department.
Hundreds of members of the public were also against the plan, many with concerns that it would be ‘detrimental to the heritage assets that surround the site.’
In letters to the council many described the wheel as ‘unnecessary, ‘tacky’ and that it would ‘make Stratford look like Blackpool’.
Concerns were also raised regarding privacy and the wheel’s effect on wildlife.
Tony Godel, who runs a protest group called ‘Stop the Wheel’, said: “We feel we have had a very successful campaign very much due to the community commitment and dedication in opposing it.
“It is a very sad night however for Stratford-upon-Avon which has taken a turn towards mediocrity. We are all now going to be saddled with a Ferris wheel despite the huge wave of objection from the Town Council our Ward Member Lynda Organ, Historic England and many others.
“The Ferris Wheel despite it being temporary for six months will no doubt have its license extended. Windsor had a Ferris wheel for six years.”
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