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Green light given for permanent ferris wheel on Place Poelaert

Illustration picture shows the Justice Palace and a large ferris wheel, in Brussels city in Brussels region, Wednesday 26 August 2020. (BELGA PHOTO THIERRY ROGE)
09:10 15/12/2020

Brussels city council has given the green light for applications to be submitted for the installation of a permanent ferris wheel in Place Poelaert, next to the Justice Palace.

A ferris wheel was first located on the site in September 2019 and since then, several testing phases have taken place, all with positive results. The permanent installation of a wheel, which will be tall enough to offer views over the city, has now been approved and operators are now free to apply for the right to construct and run the attraction.

“The various test phases have been very positive despite the Covid crisis,” said Fabian Maingain, Brussels' alderman for economic affairs. “This is another important step that has been taken with the agreement of the municipal council.”

"The ferris wheel will provide the connection between the high and the low city, and will ensure that all inhabitants of Brussels can discover the city from a different perspective,” he added. “The attraction will also provide added value through tourism for the necessary economic recovery period in 2021."

A call for applications has now being launched. Ferris wheel operators have until midnight on 28 February 28 to apply for this unique pitch. A planning permit will be required. Particular attention will be paid to the wheel’s proper integration into the urban and environmental framework.

Written by Nick Amies

Comments

Frank Lee

At least there will be ONE beautiful thing on the Place Poelaert. One day, hopefully, the government will have the courage to tear down the ugliest building in Brussels. Maybe that day, the word "architect" will cease being used as an insult by the inhabitants of this city.

Dec 15, 2020 10:58