Camden could soon have its own wheel like the London Eye

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The London Eye is set to get a much smaller sister in the land of hipsters north of the river Thames.

Plans have been approved for a 40m wheel in Camden, north London, but unhappy locals have dubbed it ‘tasteless’ and like a ‘theme park’.

The Camden wheel would be relatively small compared to the 135m London Eye, and only has approval for five years.

It would be of similar height to Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, which is just over 50m tall.

Resident Steven Edery told the Ham & High: ‘I do not see how anyone can claim it is in keeping with the surrounding area. It will make Camden Lock a permanent theme park.’

Councillor Patricia Callaghan also blasted the wheel, saying it would be ‘at best unsightly and at worst tactless, tasteless and incongruous.’

There are also fears about a potential rise in anti-social behaviour, and extra visitors putting a ‘strain’ on the already-busy area.

A campaign group called Camden Residents Against the Wheel is also worried people will be able to look into their homes from the wheel.

Historic England noted the wheel will ‘affect the significance and setting of heritage assets in the immediate vicinity of the site’.

It added: ‘This is due to its height, bulk, scale and design, which is in clear contrast to the solidity of the surrounding industrial architecture.’

Other objectors include the Greater London Industrial Archaeological Society and Camden Railway Trust.

But Natalie Davies from Labtech, the company behind the project, argued the wheel would bring more families to the area.

She said the wheel ‘really is’ temporary in nature, and said the intention is to increase footfall.

Sam Estop from Labtech said it would be ‘part of Camden’s culture and heritage’ and would ‘reinvigorate the vitality and character of Camden Lock Market, opening up Dead Drop Basin for the first time’.

The wheel is supported by some traders at Camden Market including Shiri Kraus, who runs the Black Cow at Hawley Wharf, and Tom Lionetti-Maguire, who runs the Tomb Raider attraction.

The scheme will now be considered by London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Camden Council has been contacted for comment by Metro.co.uk.

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