UPDATE: Southsea ‘Solent Wheel’ now arriving next weekend

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PLANS for a 110ft-high ferris wheel on Portsmouth’s seafront have been approved by council bosses, The News can reveal.

As reported, Clarence Pier splashed out £750,000 on a 110ft-high structure called the ‘Solent Wheel’ to have in place by Easter.

The attraction needed planning permission from Portsmouth City Council before it could be brought to the pier.

Planning officers have now approved the scheme.

The family ride, which has been built in Italy by attractions firm Technical Park, will have 24 gondolas, each seating six passengers.

Portsmouth Tory culture boss, Linda Symes, said the wheel was due to be delivered tomorrow before being set up for visitors.

But pier co-owner Jill Norman has confirmed the attraction is not expected to leave Italy until Tuesday next week, and expects it to be on site by next Saturday before it is unveiled to the public over the Easter weekend.

Confirming that permission had been granted, Portsmouth Tory culture boss Linda Symes said: ‘It’s another attraction in Southsea, this is just another of the things we need to attract more visitors. This is part of our plan to help the city grow.

‘It will bring more people to the area. They will have the great experience of coming to the seafront and going on a 32m wheel.

‘The views across the Solent will be fantastic.’

Cllr Symes said concerns were initially raised by Natural England that migrating birds would fly into the gondolas, but was then satisfied the gondolas wouldn’t be moving fast enough to cause any harm to wildlife.