UNCERTAIN FUTURE: ‘Malaga Eye’ to disappear from site without new location

EYE OF THE STORM: Council in dispute. Photo: Shutterstock

THE replication of the popular London Eye, located at the port of Malaga in the Costa del Sol, is soon to be dismantled over an ongoing dispute between the Port Authority and Mederyt, the construction company behind the attraction.

Once the go ahead has been given, two weeks is the timespan the company has been given for deconstruction.

Mederyt has been under the impression that it was due to stay in place for another few years however Carlos Rubio, president of the port, has ruled out this agreement as the future development of the Muelle Heredia office complex has been sought to be given the green light as soon as possible.

There are proposals to reposition the 100ft Ferris wheel next to the port authority on a car park or at the head of “Pier 2”, also known as Muelle 2. However, the council is rejecting both options as works will impact local public transport routes and cause security risks due to the location being close to the Melillero station. Other reasons are due to the historical landmarks such as the cathedral being affected by the visual impact of such a structure in the skyline.

Territorial councillor, Francisco Pomares, has shown an interest in finding a solution for the dilemma and is open to suggestions regarding the matter from the port officials, city council and Mederyt.

As things stand, the structure looks set to be removed without a new location.

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