Plans have been submitted to the council for approval for the ride which is similar to the Star Flyer
Thrill-seekers could soon be flying high above Blackpool’s South Pier if plans for a new ride get the go ahead.
The former bungie ball ride has been removed from the pier, with a new sky swing ride earmarked for the site. Plans have been submitted to the council for approval for the ride which is similar to the Star Flyer which operated on the Tower Festival Headland last November.
However at around 131 feet in height, it would be around half the height of the Star Flyer which stood at 260 feet.
Documents submitted with the application say: “The vertical swing fairground ride has been purchased by ‘The Blackpool Pier Company’ and is to be installed on the South Pier. The current ‘Sky Screamer’ ride has been sold and has been dismantled to make room for the new ride.
“The vertical swing is second hand, and was originally manufactured by Zamperla in 2008. The base of the ride is bespoke to this version of the ride and has been designed to be supported from a concrete base with a number of holding down bolts to be installed to secure the ride to the foundation.
“The final location of the ride is to be confirmed, however, it will be broadly in the same location as the previous ride and the existing pier will need to be modified to support the new ride.”
The applicant says the ride will contribute to the “economic regeneration of the town, increases the range of facilities on offer, relates well to the other facilities on the pier, and reinforces the concentration of uses there.” The Pier Company says it will fit in with the “more boisterous” atmosphere on South Pier which has evolved into an entertainment hub with bars, rides and amusement arcades.
Documents add: “The ride is one which has been used elsewhere in other ‘theme’ parks, and similar attractions and has been designed to be of a contemporary design to sit within the existing character of the pier as a centre for modern entertainment.
“Aesthetically, the ride will not appear out of place on a pier which has a modern ‘arcade’ façade which is dominant, with the Victorian style design of the pier being subservient and seen only in the context as the pier as it traverses out to sea.”
- 05:20, 8 JUL 2022