Alton Towers locals don't want late night permit for hotel either

Posted Wednesday, April 23, 2003 4:48 AM | Contributed by laurence

An application by Alton Towers for a late-night entertainment licence at its new hotel has met fierce opposition from villagers living near the theme park. The Splash Landings Hotel and Conference Centre at Alton Towers is seeking a licence for its bar to stay open until 1.30am Monday to Saturday and until 11pm on Sunday. The hotel is in the final stages of construction and scheduled to open on June 1. The locals recently voiced opposition for plans for a wood coaster in the woods as well.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2003 5:03 AM
Just to add a few personal comments. The hotels are located as far away from the village as possible on the theme parks grounds. You can't hear the music from the current entertainment outside the hotel doors, let alone 2 miles away in the village! Also, the bar in the hotel is for hotel guests only, so how this would cause traffic in the village at 1am I do not know!

And connected to this, the locals have complained for years about the amount of traffic that the park causes in the village. And to be honest, the access roads to the park are hell in a normal car, I dread to think what its like taking a coach down those roads. But yet, the locals have also been opposing a bypass in recent years which the park was going to fund themselves and it would also keep all the traffic out of the village. Seems the locals will never be happy!

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Wednesday, April 23, 2003 5:44 AM
Believe me, a coach on those access roads is an interesting experience.

Sounds like the locals around Alton will complain no matter that the park tries. And people think Cedar Point is having problems with Sandusky... ;)

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Wednesday, April 23, 2003 5:49 AM
Tussauds: "We're gonna close Alton Towers because the locals won't let us do anything."

Locals: "No, no, please don't, we need all the tourists!"

They will never be happy

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Wednesday, April 23, 2003 6:21 AM
what was that saying... you never appreciate something untill it is taken away from you? hahaha, i totally agree with laurence as well

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Wednesday, April 23, 2003 7:05 PM
I have to echo GregLeg's comments. I thought American's were complainers.
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Thursday, April 24, 2003 7:13 AM
The problems with the hotel, the new ride proposals and the bypass all stem from the same problem - Alton and Alton Towers is set in an area of natural beauty and the residents don't want it changing. The Towers has only been a theme park for the last 20 -25 years, before that it was a place to go to for quiet walks, picnics or to look round the gardens. Now despite the fact that the park has expanded beyond recognition in the past few years, and the new proposals are not affecting public areas, the local population falls into two categories: a) Those who have lived there since whenever and can remember the area before it was "spoilt", and b) by those who have moved in fairly recently and therefore should have noticed a theme park on their doorstep. Knowing the area, I would imagine that most are in category A, therefore any proposal is going to be fought. The roads are not made for the amount of traffic generated so I can understand the opposition, whilst hoping that the park can expand as they want to.
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Thursday, April 24, 2003 8:39 AM
In fact, someone on a UK forum recently went and asked the Alton residents about the Towers. Most of them couldn't care less about what they do. About 500 people live in Alton Village and about 20 of them complain about everything to do with the Towers.

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