‘Awful’ tourist attraction is completely blocking our windows…it’s ruining our lives but the council doesn’t care

FUMING residents say an “awful” tourist attraction is has completely blocked their windows – but the council doesn’t care.

Zip World has blown up a massive white blimp across the road from homes in Rhyl, Denbighshire.

Locals in Rhyl are fuming about a helium blimp across the road


Locals in Rhyl are fuming about a helium blimp across the roadCredit: Media WAles
The blimp is blocking residents' sea views


The blimp is blocking residents’ sea viewsCredit: Getty

Once it passes safety tests, the SkyFlyer airship will take tourists 400ft up in the air above the pretty North Wales coast.

But locals have slammed the helium blimp for blocking out their sea views.

One said: “I think it looks rather impressive – but whenever I see it, I can’t help think of the movie The Hindenburg.”

Another said: “Unfortunately Rhyl has a reputation for spectacular failures.

“I’d like to think I’m wrong but this latest enterprise doesn’t instil confidence. I’ll keep my feet firmly on the ground.”

A third told North Wales Live: “Don’t how it got planning with houses across the road.”

The airship will not start carrying tourists until it passes the Civil Aviation Authority’s tests.

Unlike the Hindenburg, helium blimps are not at risk of going up in flames – and can even carry on flying if punctured by a bullet.

But the Zip World airship’s maiden flight was originally set for July last year – before it was delayed by bad weather, a “manufacturing issue” and an “engineering and design challenge”.

Zip World said: “We are satisfied that the new site meets all planning requirements and matches the plans submitted.

“We are currently awaiting the Civil Aviation Authority to complete its final rigorous safety tests before we are able to confirm a launch date.

“However, we are hopeful that these will be completed imminently – dependent on weather conditions – and that we’ll be able to announce a launch date very soon.”

It comes after fuming residents said they are trapped in their homes by the Goodwood Festival of Speed – and are taking action against gridlocked roads.

They say the airship blocks their sea views


They say the airship blocks their sea viewsCredit: Media Wales

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