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The Port Authority in Malaga orders the big wheel to be taken down in two weeks

The big wheel stopped turning a few weeks ago, when its last licence expired.
The big wheel stopped turning a few weeks ago, when its last licence expired. / SUR
  • The attraction is in the way of plans to construct office buildings, and no agreement has been reached over a future location for it

As expected, the Port Authority decided on Wednesday that the big wheel in Muelle de Heredia must be dismantled within two weeks of official notification being received by the company that runs it, Mederyt.

The decision was almost unanimous, with only the representative of Malaga council abstaining from the vote.

The big wheel, which in its nearly four years of existence has become a visual icon in the city, will now have to be taken down after its application to prolong its concession for the site was rejected. The attraction has not been in operation in recent weeks, since its last licence expired.

The president of the Port Authority, Carlos Rubio, says the main problem is that in its present location the wheel is in the way of plans to construct office buildings along the Muelle de Heredia.

This is a star project for the new team at the Port, who want the works to begin some time this year. However, ever since it was first installed, the big wheel has been marked by controversy.

The structure will be dismantled with no alternative site having been arranged for it, because there is a difference of opinion between the port and the city hall over a future location.

Those responsible for the port oppose the council’s suggestion that the big wheel should be placed beside the Melillero terminal, and the local authority is not keen on the proposal from Rubio’s team that it should be moved to the entrance to El Palmeral.

Due to these disagreements, it looks as if the people of Malaga city are going to have to say goodbye, at least for quite a long time, to what has become one of their most popular attractions.