Plans for a new observation wheel offering picturesque aerial views of the Suffolk coast have hit a stumbling block after Felixstowe Town Council objected to the new attraction’s proposed location.
The wheel aims to take advantage of the growth of staycations in the UK. Oceans Amusements’ director Stanley Harris is involved in the project which he proposes could help change perceptions of the town. “We are a resort, not just a port,” he stated, speaking back in July.
The 34m-high Ferris wheel – which is similar to the one installed in Clacton earlier this year – would be situated on land between the promenade and Sea Road. But the proposed site has met with resistance from the local council.
“We do not think that the location proposed is appropriate when taking in to account the number of residential properties adjoining the site that will be negatively impacted due to issues of overlooking, noise, and parking,” Felixstowe Town Council said in a statement.
East Suffolk planners will make the final decision on the project, however the council argues that permission should be refused until the issue can be resolved.
“Furthermore, [the] committee is greatly concerned that this proposal requires the use of a diesel generator. Given the environmental impact of this, the town council strongly recommends that mains electricity be a requirement rather than diesel,” the council added.
The wheel would only be in place between February and October and would be removed by a crane in winter to allow for cleaning and refurbishment.