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We have joined protestors against the plan by Paramount Attractions to erect a 45-metre-high ferris-wheel on Daltons Bastion, a public highway on Brighton’s seafront.
The company was given planning permission in April but, because the wheel is to be sited on a public highway, Daltons Bastion, Brighton and Hove Council must also give consent under section 115E of the Highways Act 1980.
It is curious that Paramount Attractions failed to note on its planning application that the wheel would block a public highway; however, the council has clearly now accepted that Daltons Bastion is a public highway because it is requiring the applicants to obtain consent to put the wheel there.
We have objected because we consider that this will conflict with the council’s legal duty to assert and protect the public’s rights to use and enjoy this route, and to keep the route clear of obstructions.
This walkway is vital for the public, in particular to gain access to and from the beach and the Volks Railway.
We consider this is the wrong place to put the wheel, slap on the seafront, blocking important public access.