Birmingham Wheel staying on until June 2010
Birmingham’s giant observation wheel is staying in Centenary Square for another six months after winning the unanimous support of city planners.
The big wheel, sponsored by the Birmingham Mail, can now stay until June giving even more people the chance to enjoy views of the city centre and beyond.
Council planning committee members were unanimous in their support of the wheel and happy to grant the extended stay.
Sutton Coldfield based Great City Attractions, which owns the popular 60 metre wheel, had initially planned to stay until February.
Company spokesman Andy Millichamp said: “Birmingham is the city where it started for us a few years ago and of course we are a local company.
“So we are delighted that the City Council has given us this tremendous show of support and are looking forward to a longer stay in Centenary Square.”
The planning committee’s only note of concern was that the wheel does not remain in the square during next year’s Remembrance Day parade.
Committee chairman Councillor Peter Douglas Osborn said: “I want to assure the people of Birmingham that this is a six-month permission only and there is no question of it lasting longer.
“We do not want the wheel interfering with the Armistice Day events.”
With building work commencing on the new Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square space is at a premium and last month veterans had to move their Remembrance Sunday parade from the Hall of Memory side to the area now occupied by the wheel.
The wheel was been a popular tourist attraction in Centenary Square between 2003 and 2007 and made a welcome return last month.