Blackpool Council say 260ft Star Flyer ride is being taken down because it "was significantly bigger than envisaged"
The massive 260ft Star Flyer ride planned for St John's Square has been dismantled after Blackpool Council realised it was "significantly bigger than envisaged".
Workmen have been busily erecting the massive ride outside the Winter Gardens this week, but it is being dismantled today under orders from Blackpool Council.
The giant ride - nearly half the height of Blackpool Tower - was to open tomorrow (Friday, November 19) as the centrepiece of the resort's Winter Gardens Wonderland.
But today, organisers Blackpool Promotions revealed they had been ordered to dismantle the ride after safety concerns were raised by the Council.
The Council said it became concerned about security and public safety after the colossal ride arrived in St John's Square on Wednesday (November 17).
Despite promoting the ride on its Facebook page on Sunday (November 14), the Council said it only realised it was "significantly bigger than envisaged" after construction got under way.
But the Council has pledged to try and find a more suitable site for the attraction.
A Council spokesman said: "We have a legal responsibility to ensure that attractions such as these meet all necessary requirements relating to security and public safety.
"When the ride arrived in the square, it was clear that it was significantly bigger than envisaged.
"Given that this is a space that is used by buses, taxis and pedestrians it was deemed inappropriate for this location.
"We immediately advised the promoters and they have agreed to take it down.
"During discussions we agreed that we will consider other locations if any can be found that are deemed suitable."
When pressed on why it had only realised the sheer size of the ride after it was partially erected in St John's Square, Blackpool Council said organisers had not provided them with "technical specifications" before arriving on site.
A Council spokesman added: "We had received no technical specification for the ride prior to its arrival.
"When it arrived in the square, it was clear that the overall footprint would have increased significantly when vehicle mitigation measures (concrete bollards), which are always required for these sort of attractions, were put in place.
"Hence the view was taken that it would not be safe to operate so close to what is a public highway."
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