York & North Yorkshire

York wheel to close after planning meeting comments

York big wheel
Image caption Sixteen people are due to lose their jobs when the wheel closes in September

A big wheel offering views across York will close after councillors told the owners not to apply for a further time extension.

York Wheel was due to be taken down at the end of January but was given permission for another six months, despite residents' objections.

The temporary structure at Royal York Hotel will now close on 29 September.

City of York Council is yet to comment. Operators Wheels Entertainment Ltd said it had looked at "all options".

'Privacy' fears

People living in nearby apartments claimed the 175ft (53m) wheel was an invasion of their privacy.

The company said it did not believe people could see into the flats while travelling on the wheel.

In a statement, Wheels Entertainments, the UK-based company operating the wheel on behalf of Dubai-based owners Freij World Attractions said they "respected comments made at the York planning meeting".

It added it "would love to stay" and the hotel had asked it to apply for another extension.

"We have to respect the comments at the York planning meeting by the planning committee that they would not recommend us applying again, and also those of the apartments opposite the wheel who object to the wheel," the statement continued.

"We have even looked at all options including closing at 6pm to try and help satisfy all parties."

A spokesman for the the City of York Council said the authority would make a statement later on Wednesday.

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