…By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.
Camden Artist David Gentleman Opposes Ferris Wheel Plan in Dead Dog Basin
Camden-based artist David Gentleman has spoken out against plans to build a 40 metre Ferris wheel in Dead Dog Basin, calling it an “appalling idea.”
Gentleman, who is famous for his drawings of Camden and the surrounding areas and has lived there for almost 70 years, argues that the visual impact of the wheel would ruin the historic scenery of the area.
He adds that the current footfall is at its maximum capacity, and therefore, increasing visitors interested in fairground and theme park activities would be detrimental.
Although a Facebook protest group and some locals are also objecting to the plan, some market traders are showing their support for it.
According to planners, the wheel would only be operational for five years, and proposals also include an events space on the ground floor of the Grade-II listed Interchange Building.
David Gentleman’s objections to the Ferris wheel plan in Dead Dog Basin reflect the sentiment of some Camden residents who believe that such a feature would detract from the historic beauty of the area.
It’s interesting to note that there are differing opinions on this matter, with some locals supporting the project.
The proposed events space on the ground floor of the Interchange Building is a positive aspect of the plan, and if executed correctly, it could provide a boost to the local economy.
However, it’s essential to consider the potential consequences of the Ferris wheel, and to ensure that it doesn’t harm the existing visual landscape of Camden.