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60m skyswing plans for Windsor set to be discussed by Royal Borough

60m skyswing plans for Windsor set to be discussed by Royal Borough

Lucy Elder

Controversial plans to erect a 60m fairground ride in Alexandra Gardens are set to be discussed at a meeting in Windsor on Wednesday.

Funtime Activities Ltd is seeking planning permission for the portable skyswing to be on the council controlled land for six months of the year, from March-September, and to be in use from 10am-10pm.

By Thursday, there were a total of 21 objections and one letter in support of the application on the Royal Borough's planning website.

English Heritage has also this week offered 'general observations' on the plans.

In a letter Alice Brockway, assistant inspector of historic buildings and areas at English Heritage, says they 'do not think this is the right site for a semi-permanent attraction'.

"The proposed sky swing would compromise not only this view [of the Round Keep] but also long views towards the castle from the surrounding landscape to the west of Windsor," she said.

Concerns about the length of time temporary applications have extended to, from two months to six, and the 'material harm to Windsor's most important heritage asset' were also raised in the letter.

Roger Etchells, the agent acting on behalf of the applicant Funtime Activities Ltd, was unavailable for comment before the Express went to print.

The application is recommended for refusal at the Windsor urban development control panel meeting at the Guildhall in High Street on Wednesday night.

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