Town council backs return of observation wheel to Exmouth seafront

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 January 2018

Exmouth's big wheel. Ref exe 32 17TI 8968. Picture: Terry Ife

Exmouth's big wheel. Ref exe 32 17TI 8968. Picture: Terry Ife


Exmouth Town Council’s planning committee gave their support to an application for the observation wheel to return to Exmouth for the next two summer seasons.

A planning application for a 22-metre high observation wheel to return on Exmouth seafront has gained town council backing.

At a meeting on Monday, councillors on Exmouth Town Council’s planning committee backed a request for the seafront attraction to come back for the next two summers.

Wheel operator Mi-Wheel is seeking to have the wheel installed on land opposite the Pavilion Gardens, in Esplanade, between March 24 and September 6 this year.

The big wheel would then return in 2019 between April 15 and September 8.

Some residents have raised concerns over noise and litter pollution and traffic implications.

One resident, writing to East Devon District Council (EDDC), suggested that the wheel should go on the Queen’s Drive regeneration site instead of the muted big-screen TV.

Exmouth town council’s planning committee voted to support the application but did raise concerns about flashing lights coming from the wheel’s ticket office.

Speaking at the meeting, councillor Tony Hill: “Not withstanding the objections, I have had a lot of people say to me that this facility provided by the big wheel is particularly positive and a good thing for Exmouth.”

Cllr Robert Masding added: “I am pleased to say they have made a proper application 
this year and it proved popular last year.

“In the absence of proper facilities on the Queens Drive site, I think it’s something that’s very necessary for Exmouth to provide some kind of entertainment for visitors.”

Brian Toye said: “A precedent has already been set – it was there last year and this is the sort of thing you expect to see on a seaside.”

If given district council approval, the wheel will 
have 20 gondolas carrying a maximum of six adults 
each or eight children meaning a total capacity of up to 160 passengers.

East Devon District Council will make the final decision on the application.

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