Big wheel to be removed from Plymouth Hoe next month
THE closed-down big wheel is due to be dismantled and removed from the Hoe next month, The Herald can reveal.
Shipley Investments Ltd, the Dudley-based firm which owns the 53-metre high attraction and landmark, is expected to take two weeks dismantling the attraction.
The wheel is currently not open to the public, but was due to be removed and the land restored to its previous condition by January 7.
A Plymouth City Council spokesman said: "We understand from the owners of the big wheel, Shipley Investments, that they will start taking down the wheel from November 12.
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"Its removal is expected to take around two weeks and will depend on wind and weather conditions. They have indicated that they wish to return to Plymouth in the future."
The wheel arrived in Plymouth last year, but its former operator, Birmingham's Great City Attractions Global Limited, went into administration and ceased trading in August.
The wheel, and a similar one in York, was retained by Shipley Investments which brought in another operator, The Hall Organisation Ltd, to run the wheel before it closed.
Last week, The Herald revealed how Plymouth City Council is out of pocket by £23,000 in connection with the wheel.
The council said it is owed the cash for non-payment of "fees" relating to the Hoe site.
When Great City Attractions Global Ltd went into administration it owed £6million in total.