Mystery as Plymouth Hoe big wheel keeps turning
THE ongoing saga of the closed-down big wheel continues to spin on – with signs of life reported at the structure this week.
Readers rang The Herald to say the wheel, which stopped operating around two weeks ago, had begun turning again.
"I saw it moving, a full circuit," said one witness from the Hoe.
Another said: "There were lights on."
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But when The Herald visited the 53-metre high structure at, 3pm yesterday, it was static.
There were no staff, no punters, no signs or notices or anything to tell potential customers what was happening – just an eerie silence and a Mary Celeste-like stillness in the pod office.
And attempts to find out what the future holds in store for the former attraction, which arrived in Plymouth last year, have also proved fruitless.
The attraction's former operator, Birmingham's Great City Attractions Global Limited, went into administration and ceased trading in August.
The Herald was yesterday unable to reach anyone at its administrators, Leicester-based G2 Insolvency Limited.
When Great City Attractions went into administration, the wheel, and a similar one in York, was retained by owner Shipley Investments Ltd, in Dudley.
But when The Herald rang Shipley's office yesterday, we could not get an answer .
Shipley had brought in another operator, the Hall Organisation Ltd, to run the wheel before it closed. The Herald spoke to someone at Hall's offices but were told our message had been passed on and someone would get back to us. However, the company did not respond last night.
Last week, The Herald revealed how Plymouth City Council is owed £23,000 in non-paid "fees" relating to the wheel's Hoe site.
Last night the council made no comment.
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