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60-metre city Ferris wheel plans ditched

A PLAN for a Dublin city Ferris wheel spanning 60 metres - half the height of the Spire - has been blocked over conservation concerns.

The €8m amusement ride would have been located in Wolfe Tone Park, beside 
the Jervis Street Shopping 
Centre.

The plaza has been the location of antisocial behaviour in recent years.

It had been hoped the wheel would bring more people to the area and help alleviate the problems.

But Dublin City Council (DCC) said the site - which was a centuries-old graveyard - is not suitable.

The park is located beside the old St Mary's Church, which 
is now a bar and restaurant.

David Tew, of the Funderland amusement business, had put forward a proposal for a Ferris wheel, similar to the London Eye, at the location.

Mr Tew was to put up the money to build it and keep it running. Some 75 jobs were to be created.

However, in response to a letter from David Brennan of the Dublin City Business Association, who had supported the idea, senior city official Brendan Kenny outlined the concerns.

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"Because of the conservation, archaeology and other sensitive issues relating to the park (graveyard), my understanding is that the planning department consider the proposal inappropriate and they are not in a position to support it," wrote Mr Kenny.

Mr Tew's wheel, less than half the size of the London Eye, would have had 42 eight-person capsules. Each trip would have lasted between 15 and 30 minutes.

Backed by local business people, it would have been similar to entrepreneur Harry Crosbie's Wheel of Dublin, beside the O2.

That attraction opened in the summer of 2010 but closed 16 months later. It stood 60 metres tall and offered panoramic views of the city, as far as the Dublin mountains and Howth Head.

The Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) had plans for an observation wheel at George's Dock or Custom House Quay, but they were shelved after Crosbie's one opened.

comurphy@herald.ie


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