Giant wheel plan unveiled for Prom

Alfie Manning wants to bring a wheel similar to the London Eye (pictured) to Blackpool
Alfie Manning wants to bring a wheel similar to the London Eye (pictured) to Blackpool
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A theme park consultant has unveiled plans to bring a big wheel the size of the London Eye to Blackpool Promenade.

Just weeks after his hopes of bringing a smaller observation wheel to the resort were dashed, Alfie Manning claims he can now bring a £60m giant wheel to the town.

The 120 metre tall ride would take two years to construct and be able to carry up to 480 people at a time.

Mr Manning, who says he has worked all over the globe helping build theme parks, said: “I deal with rides all over the world and since the rejection of the first wheel, I have looked around and was 
offered this.

“The original wheel worth £7m was rejected so I thought if they are going to turn down a £60m wheel, there is something wrong with Blackpool.”

Mr Manning has emailed every Blackpool councillor with details of his proposal, although he has not yet tabled a formal planning application.

He hopes to eventually win permission to install it on the headland next to South Pier, and says the total includes the cost of piling in order to secure the wheel in the ground.

A spokesman for Blackpool Council said: “Blackpool Council is always interested in ideas that may improve the town either in terms of helping to bring more tourists to the resort or by bringing 
additional facilities for local people.

“We will be looking at the detail of this proposal in the coming days and weeks.”

The Freij Group, which was involved in the application for the original wheel, is not part of the latest proposals.

The council said the 
original wheel would not have brought significant economic benefits to the town and would have detracted from other attractions in the area.

But Tory group leader Coun Tony Williams criticised that stance. He said: “Competition is healthy and would in turn 
attract even more interested parties to the resort.”