JERSEY’S newest attraction for the summer arrived in the Island early this morning.
The giant 60-metre Jersey Eye, which will offer views of St Aubin’s Bay and St Helier, stopped traffic along the Waterfront as it was transported with a police escort from the harbour to Jardins de la Mer.
The wheel was shipped from a special berth in Portsmouth on ten huge 20-metre trailers – with more pieces to arrive tomorrow.
Organiser Paul Talbot said that it would take roughly ten days to assemble. ‘I’m really happy with the support I’ve had from Condor,’ he said. ‘It’s been challenging as the trailers are very big and heavy. I’d also like to thank everyone who has helped make this possible.’
But the wheel’s arrival is creating some controversy from people who live near to where it will be constructed.
Despite sitting on the Waterfront Enterprise Board, St Helier Deputy Jacqui Huet said that she had not known about the wheel. She said that neighbours had valid reasons for complaining.