MALAGA’S iconic “ferris wheel” landmark is being dismantled… to make way for offices and a car park, even though it was erected just four years ago.
The 230ft-high Mirador Princess, the Costa del Sol’s answer to the London Eye, will be removed in a week or so, following an ongoing dispute between the Port Authority and Mederyt, the construction company behind the attraction.
It is believed to be “interfering” with a multi-million-euro plan for office development in the Muelle de Heredia area of the provincial capital, which includes a car park.
With fully accessible 21 air-conditioned cabins offering stunning views of Malaga, the site has proved its critics wrong over the past few years by attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors.
But with no alternative site planned, the landmark’s owner, Mederyt, said it was in a ‘position of hopelessness.’
The company, “very surprised” by the decision, is pleading for the wheel to remain, or at least be placed elsewhere.
Malaga’s Tourism Board has used the installation in most of its advertising campaigns, for obvious reasons.
But the wheel courted controversy from the beginning, after luxury-property owners complained that people would be able to see inside their homes from the cabins, while the Port Authority thought it was simply “too big”.
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