Posted Wednesday, March 21, 2007 9:12 AM | Contributed by Jeff
A couple living near the Alton Towers theme park in Staffordshire have told the High Court it is still too noisy. Owner Tussauds Theme Park Ltd was ordered to cut noise levels in 2005 after complaints about noise nuisance. The crown court later raised these levels, but Stephen and Suzanne Roper have taken the park to court again, saying levels are still too high.
Read more from The BBC.
I really Hate people who move in and then can not handle the noise.
Alton Towers does seem to have the WORST neighbors of any park...IB had some doozies to be sure, and Beech Bend has its detractor (singular, LOL). But for whatever reason (England? I dunno)...Alton's neighbors are more vocal, and apparently more *heard* than seemingly any others.
How's that roof over Ghostrider doing? ;) ROFL! :)
^Or the scream guards on Maliboomer and "tunnels" on Cali Screamin' at DCA for that matter. ;)*** This post was edited by janfrederick 3/21/2007 11:25:37 AM ***
I'll sure the manufacturers for all the copters, EMT units and cop cars, (you got it, Ford and GM!)
When that stalls, I'll sue the drivers and the injured people. Why? Because i can!
I figure, after they let me out of the looney bin, the movie and book rights might be worth something.;)*** This post was edited by FLYINGSCOOTER 3/21/2007 1:37:10 PM ***
*** This post was edited by FLYINGSCOOTER 3/21/2007 1:37:47 PM ***
Maybe we Coasterbuzzers should pitch in and buy the park workers and management earplugs so they don't have to hear the whining neighbors. ;)
What would you rather hear? A coaster and screams or some whiny, po'd tart with too much time on her hands and not enough brains to figure how to use it.
Oh yea, its time to call the WAAAAABULANCE!!
Lol, how long has the park been there? These people knew about the park when the moved there.Hell, maybe I should sue the school that is right across the street from my house because I hate the sound of busses and school bells.
Oh wait....here is the history of the park.
Looks like the park was there before the ropers were even a thought.
Perhaps this couple lives near the Northwest corner of the park where Corkscrew and Rita are located?
The worst part about the whole story is that Alton constantly caves to these people rather than sticking to their guns.
I think the big problem with saying the park was there before any neighbors is that you're not presenting all the evidence. Obivously, there was housing there according to the history that someone linked to. The grounds were primarily used for traveling carnivals. That's a huge difference between what it was and what it is today.
Let's face it, B&Ms are obnoxious noise-makers if not filled-in with sand like Talon. The worst part about B&Ms (and Premier-launched coasters) is that the frequencies generated are very low. Low frequencies can travel for very long periods of length. That's why you here that Hummer banging-out the latest Neptunes-produced track from a mile away.
I do however think that 50db is awfully low for some kind of standard. I can get ten people (maybe fewer) talking at a loud volume and I could easily get a reading of 70db.
rablat5, how bad could living near SFA be? Well Ben, as you and I know all too well, Joker's Jinx causes the majority of the noise complaints, particularly during fall. Even with the burms, I remember reading about a neighbor who had to run his air-conditioning all the time to drown out the noise.
In SFA's favor, Wild World/Adventure World was there a lot longer running rides and roller coasters long before some of the McMansions started to be built around the park. However, I think it's some of the older neighborhoods that have issues with the park. The one time I visited Wild World, I remember rt. 214 (Central Ave.) being lined with trees. That certainly isn't the case anymore.
I agree with the sentiment - if you don't like it MOVE! Alton Tower's isn't holding a gun to their heads forcing them to live there and endure the screams, coasters, etc.
Seems to me like AT isn't fighting the Ropers directly, but the court system seems to be more *accommodating* to the Ropers than to AT...that's MY take on it, anyway... ;)
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