Barry Island Eye planning application set to pass first hurdle

New Barry Island Ferris Wheel planning application set to pass first hurdle

A new planning application for the Barry Island Ferris Wheel, part of Henry Danter’s Barry Island Pleasure Park, is to be debated Tuesday night by Barry Town Council’s Planning Committee.

Barry Town Council officers have recommended no objection to the proposal for a 32 metre Ferris Wheel to be erected on the Island, although it will be by far the largest structure in the Barry Island area.

The planning application follows Vale Council instructions for a previous wheel to be removed because it had not received planning permission. A fairground can install a wheel of up to 75 foot before requiring planning permission, but anything taller needs to go through the regular planning process.

Under the normal planning process, Barry Town Council, local councillors and nearby residents are consulted upon plans, before the Vale of Glamorgan Council makes the final decision. It is yet to be confirmed if the decision will be made by council officers or by the Vale’s Planning Committee.

Plaid Cymru councillor for Barry Island, Cllr Steffan Wiliam, said:

“The Barry Eye quickly became an iconic part of the town, featuring in tourist photos and Barry imagery on social media, so it was a disappointment when it had to be taken down.

“As long as there are no safety issues, I hope that there will be no objection to the Ferris Wheel returning in time for next Summer.

“It is important that the Vale Council work closely with Henry Danter to ensure that the Barry Island Pleasure Park continues to be a success and a central part of Barry’s continued regeneration that started when Plaid Cymru Minister Jocelyn Davies gave the town £10m in 2010.”

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