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Dubai's Freij wins extension for UK big wheel

Planning officers in coastal city of Plymouth give green light for attraction until Feb 2014

Dubai's Freij wins extension for UK big wheel

Dubai-based Freij Entertainment has won permission to keep its 53-metre big wheel turning in the English coastal city of Plymouth.

The company had applied for an extension to its planning permission to keep the attraction running until the end of February next year.

And planning officers have backed approval for a renewal of planning permission despite English Heritage saying it would not want to see any permanent harm done to the setting of the listed memorials on Plymouth Hoe, This is Plymouth reported.

But it will not be allowed to operate on remembrance events such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, members of Plymouth City Council decided.

Plymouth Hoe is a large south facing open public space in the English coastal city of Plymouth. The Hoe is adjacent to and above the low limestone cliffs that form the seafront and it commands views of Plymouth Sound, Drake's Island, and across the Hamoaze to Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall.

By next February the big wheel would have been in place for nearly three years, and a further application in 2014 would be seen as an application for a permanent structure.

Freij Entertainment told local media in January that seven staff had been retained and they hoped to hire another nine workers for the summer.

Freij Entertainment is the world's largest travelling operator of funfairs, carnival rides and skilled games and entertained over 22 million people in 2011, according to its website.

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