There are plenty of things to be proud of in Portsmouth.
Gunwharf’s a fantastic shopping venue, complete with the Spinnaker Tower.
And Old Portsmouth has character and will be improved further with the forthcoming Artches project.
But the seafront has not always been used to the greatest effect.
South Parade Pier has long been a bone of contention.
While it has new owners, it’s still a fair way off being reopened for visitors.
So it can seem like there’s an opportunity being missed.
Which is why it’s great news that a big Ferris wheel is coming to Clarence Pier.
The pier already has a raft of attractions, but this will undoubtedly be a big draw.
Dubbed the Solent Eye, it’s cost a cool £750,000 for those behind the plan, so they are obviously optimistic about it.
And we share that positivity.
How fantastic will it be to sit 110ft off the ground, looking out across the Solent?
There’ll be panoramic views across to the Isle of Wight and beyond. It’s great that what could have been a controversial development was given the nod by the council.
Often ambitious plans like this face delays and objections, so it’s refreshing to see this move along so swiftly.
We echo the thoughts of Portsmouth Tory culture boss Linda Symes.
She said: ‘It’s another attraction in Southsea, this is just another of the things we need to attract more visitors.
‘This is also part of our plan to help the city grow and be a fantastic place to visit.’
That’s exactly the message that should be coming from our great city.
It’s a place that’s on the up.
And we’ll definitely be near the front of the queue when the Solent Eye’s up and running.