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Proposed tourism attraction axed
Artist's impression of the solar pyramid in Derbyshire
Public reaction led to the decision to drop the pyramid
A proposal for a privately-funded giant sundial-style tourism landmark in Dorset has been turned down by Poole Borough Council.

Brian Leverett, council leader, said the decision was partly based on concerns raised during consultations.

Unanswered questions about adequate funding was another reason.

"I will therefore be instructing the council's chief executive to... withdraw from discussions with Solar Pyramid Ltd," he added.

Strong public reaction

"I have already given a personal assurance that no taxpayers' money will be invested in the delivery of this proposal," he said.

"Solar Pyramid Ltd has not been able to provide the necessary evidence of costs and funding for the council to proceed with the assessment work with sufficient confidence."

Bruce Grant-Braham, chairman of Poole Tourism Partnership, said he was disappointed with the decision.

"I was really pleased that the council was prepared to consider such an ambitious proposal," he said.

"It is unfortunate that strong public reaction has made proper evaluation so difficult.

"I hope that tourism's contribution to Poole's economy and the need to develop the tourism offer is not forgotten."

The 147ft (45m) structure - twice the size of Tyneside's Angel of the North - should have been built in Derbyshire but the designers decided to switch location.

The scheme, which was presented to the public for discussion in December, sparked heated debate with some calling it a waste of money while others have hailed it the "Angel of the North for the south coast".

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