Seven things you may not know about the ‘Solent Eye’

The Solent Eye will cost �750,000
The Solent Eye will cost �750,000
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HERE are seven things you may not know about the deal to bring a huge ferris wheel to Portsmouth seafront.

Clarence Pier has splashed out £750,000 on the attraction in time for the 2016 Easter season.

Here are some facts about the background of the proposal.

1) A 56-seater Corbiere Spherical ferris wheel once existed in Clarence Pier’s old amusement park until the site was cleared in the 1990s.

2) Plans in the 2000s were submitted for a bigger 180ft big wheel - but they were turned down by Portsmouth councillors in 2007 for being too big. Around 25 letters of objection were submitted to the authority by residents concerned about passengers being able to see into their properties.

3) The family ride is being built in Italy by attractions firm Technical Park, which has set up ferris wheels in 160 places around the world.

A statement on Technical Park’s website describes it as a ‘very dynamic company and a serious player in the ride manufacturing industry, exporting rides all over the world and using only certified quality materials’

4) Technical Park builds ferris wheels ranging from 17m to 100m in size.

5) The wheel, which would go near the Golden Horseshoe Arcade and look on to Pier Road, would include a VIP gondola.

6) The attraction still needs planning permission from Portsmouth City Council and Clarence Pier bosses say they’ll set it up elsewhere if the plans are refused.

7) Nearby South Parade Pier also want to build a ferris wheel, potentially in time for next year’s America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth.