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"It is just not Windsor" - Plans for 60m Skyswing in Alexandra Gardens refused

"It is just not Windsor" - Plans for 60m Skyswing in Alexandra Gardens refused

Lucy Elder

Plans to erect a 60m fairground ride in Alexandra Gardens have been turned down.

The ride consists of swings attached by chains to a rotating head 200ft up in the air.

The decision was made by Windsor Urban Development Control Panel at a meeting last night (Wednesday) to cheers and applause from the public.

"Do we want to be known as Clacton-on-Thames?" said objector Helen Price speaking at the meeting on behalf of a number of residents.

A speaker for the applicant said the swing would not be a fast-moving ride, with about six to eight rotations a minute, and would be suitable for people aged from five to 95.

"It is just not Windsor," said Cllr Phil Bicknell (Con, Park).

Cllr George Bathurst (Con, Castle Without) said: "Although this ride might have its place somewhere, I don't think this location is the right one."

Cllr Jesse Grey (Con, Datchet) added that although he thought it would be very exciting and his grandchildren would 'love it', it is just not the right place for it.

Cllr Eileen Quick (Con, Clewer East) said: "We do have to think of the original use of that park and the way our residents like to use it."

All councillors present voted to refuse the application.

Plans for a bandstand in the gardens were approved.

Speaking after the meeting, Windsor resident Michael Pitfield said he thought the council should be 'commended on their decision'.

"Hopefully this will mean they get rid of the surrounding tat of the ice-rink," he said. 

"The ice-rink itself is a good idea, but the surrounding rides are unnecessary."

Also speaking after the meeting, Ms Price said: "I am just delighted because I think it is in the best interests of Windsor and what Windsor stands for and the Windsor brand.

"Personally, I hope there will be serious consideration to what other attractions may or may not go in the park and their suitability."

Other decisions made at the Guildhall last night were:

  • Plans for 10 new flats at 71 Imperial Road were turned down.
  • Councillors approved an application for extraction of sand and gravel at Riding Court Farm and the building of concrete plants. This was on the condition that associated traffic goes via Riding Court Road East and Ditton Road and not through Datchet, and that the site is restored when work is completed. The protection of an oak tree was also added to the conditions.

 

 

 

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