The Windsor Ferris Wheel offers incredible views of the Castle and the River Thames
Visitors will be able to get incredible views of some of Berkshire’s most popular tourist attractions if plans for a giant Ferris wheel are approved.
The 32-meter-high wheel is said to offer views of Windsor Castle, the River Thames and the surrounding countryside.
A town planning application submitted to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead aims to bring a Ferris wheel back to the city for up to five years.
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Rose’s Pleasure Parks Limited has applied to build the wheel and refreshment stand at Alexandra Gardens, next to the River Thames and the coach parking lot where thousands of tourists come to the city every year.
A statement to the council’s planning department said: “Our ‘prestigious views wheel’ has come a long way since 1893 [when the Ferris wheel was invented] and although it is much smaller than the High Roller in Las Vegas, we believe it would be a great addition to the Windsor skyline and provide great views for people of Windsor and the surrounding countryside. “
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The wheel will be similar in size to the Bournemouth Ferris Wheel.
The Windsor wheel will have semi-enclosed carriages to protect riders from ‘unpredictable British weather’ but also to provide ventilation. It would be open to the public seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and can hold up to 144 people on a rotation.
If approved, the wheel will operate from July 1 to the end of September. With tickets priced at: £ 8 for adults, £ 6 for children 3-15, £ 2 for children under 3, family tickets £ 25 or £ 40 to hire a full pod for up to to six people.
This is not the first time that there has been a Ferris wheel in Windsor and Rose’s Pleasure Park says it has investigated previous complaints about the attraction’s location and picked two positions the board can choose from that don’t obstruct the view of the castle from the gardens.
The Windsor and Eton Society, which represents the interests of neighbors in the region, said it would be “more appropriate” for the wheel to be in Windsor a year instead.
They added that it was “extremely surprising” that neighbors living in nearby Bridgewater Terrace were not made aware of the request.
With that in mind, they requested that this request be heard by a planning committee rather than planning officers who approve it without councilors having to say.
Councilor John Bowden (Con: Eton & Castle) called the request if it needed to be approved by agents for the planning committee to decide its fate.
On the call sheet, he said: “The bid site is an important green space in central Windsor.
“The presence of the Ferris wheel will restrict the space for residents and visitors. The size of this wheel seems larger and few technical specifications.
The plans can be viewed on the Planning portal of the Royal borough with this reference number: 21/01599 / FULL.
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