Bay skyflyer proposal nearly voted down

March 10, 2010 No Comments »

Proposals for a skyflyer balloon hovering over the Roath Basin were nearly refused by Cardiff Council’s planning committee.

Despite concerns over it being too intrusive, too close to the Norwegian Church and the Scott Memorial a motion to have it rejected was defeated six votes to five.

Ken Street, speaking on behalf of objectors from Adventurers Quay, was disappointed not to see the skyflyer grounded.

He said: “We objected to the skyflyer on the grounds that it would have a detrimental visual impact on the area, the affect it would have on the parking around the area and endorse what Lorraine Barrett AM and Alun Michael MP said about it adding nothing to the amenities.”

The skyflyer would be 17m in diameter and be moored in the Roath Basin, and allow visitors to fly 80m up and get spectacular views of Cardiff.

Alistair Gunning, proposing the skyflyer, said it would be a great attraction for the area.

He said: “It will provide great fun for those flying up in it and be a great setting for educational events.

“The skyflyer will be a very attractive tourist spot and also bring jobs to the area. I hope it will become another iconic part of the Bay area.”

Coun Delme Greening, Butetown, asked for the skyflyer to be rejected.

He said: “The skyflyer would not be in keeping with the iconic buildings, and while it is correct to say the Norwegian Church isn’t listed, any development which is so close to the Norwegian Church is troubling. It also poses an intrusion for residents in Celestia and Adventurers Quay.”

The decision on the skyflyer now rests on whether land owners ABP agree to it being the only one in the area and will return to planning committee next month.

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