Alton Towers wins right to fireworks in court

Posted Wednesday, October 20, 2004 9:09 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Alton Towers neighbors wanted to halt fireworks displays, but judge says the park is fully committed commercially to putting on five displays over the next two weekends and would suffer substantial irrecoverable losses if the events were banned at such short notice. These are the same neighbors that complain about noise from screams.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2004 9:30 AM
Yeah and these "Ropers" also say the ground shakes in their garden when Oblivion goes into the tunnel. Funny that, because the ground doesn't shake standing directly above the tunnel. Where do these Ropers live? In a hole?

Regardless of what anyone thinks about their complaints about screams and noise, trying to stop the park having a firworks display is outrageous. What are they going to do, stop all the neighbors from having fireworks too? The firewroks are finished by before 8pm, it's not like they're letting them off at midnight.


Wednesday, October 20, 2004 10:06 AM
rollergator's avatar Where was THIS judge when AT was talking about that *superb-looking* wooden coaster? ;)

If *I* were the judge (obviously I'm not), I'd talk to the OTHER neighbors around AT. I understand the proximity to the park and all - there's supposed to be massive parking problems there too IIRC, but if the other neighbors view the park's noise as a relatively minor nuisance, then the Ropers need to "get a life"...

Let's here more about this from our UK posters, what's the deal?

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 10:38 AM
I've never been near any B&M that made the ground shake. Sure, they're noisy but I have a really hard time believing that Oblivion makes these folks' yard shake.

As for fireworks... yeah, those are noisy and are a legit. concern. But trying to stop the show so close to when it's supposed to happen? That's poor. Get a life.

It's not like you didn't know ALL SEASON that their Halloween event had fireworks.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 10:44 AM
The Ropers aren't very bright...they could have banked £1,000 from the park to go out to dinner during the fireworks show. I think that's a nice gesture by the park.
Wednesday, October 20, 2004 11:38 AM
Hmmm... maybe i should complain to alton towers that they're too far away for me to get to and back in one day. maybe they'll give me a free annual pass and twice-yearly accommodation.

or not. I wish people would realise that living near a theme park has it's repercussions, regardless who was there first.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 11:53 AM
If they were there 12 years before the park's coaster, then that means they've been there for how long? They've had plenty of opportunity before this to complain, or to move, but nothing has happened until now...why?
Wednesday, October 20, 2004 12:43 PM
What ever happened with the lawsuit against them for noise and I think it was urban blight from their factory? Finally, a judge over there gets some sense ...

To be totally crude and mean, how old are these folks, and consequently, how long until Alton can put these frivilous lawsuits to rest? ;)

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 1:41 PM
I'd give anything to live that close to a park, not have to pay parking, get a season pass, and be able to enjoy a nice fireworks display from the comfort of their own home. I'd even get my own party going, BBQ and Fireworks! What Fun! :-D

But then again, almost every park seems to have this problem, that's why many parks in the United States only have fireworks on Special Occasions, like July 4.

"They moved into their house 12 years before the first rollercoaster was built." So according to the first coasters were built in 1983. SO They moved in in 1971. That makes them at least 33, but if they're a couple they were older then infants when they moved in, so lets say they're around 50....Alton Heights has awhile to deal with these lawsuits...I wonder if it would be cheaper if Alton Heights paid to move the family, with court costs and all that fun stuff.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 1:43 PM
Quick making fun of them! My ground shakes too... here in... Illinois. Yeah.. Umm... Now, where is my money?
Wednesday, October 20, 2004 2:44 PM
eightdotthree's avatar Seriously, five nights before 8pm they hear fifteen minutes of fireworks?


GIVE ME A BREAK! Its fireworks, not bomb testing. I live half a block from a set of train tracks and while it isnt pleasing to hear a train engine travel by, it is by no means "intolerable."

What ever happened to this "Winner of Alton Towers noise suit hears complaints from neighbours of his factory." Anything come of it.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 5:22 PM
Fireworks in court? Neat!
Thursday, October 21, 2004 2:51 AM
I've seen the Ropers on the news, and they look like they're in their mid 50's.

The Ropers have been complaining for many years and as a result 3 or 4 coasters have met their demise because of them - it wouldn't surprise me if Oblivion was next! Think about it, AT are getting a new coaster, presumably a roket coaster with a top hat? Why would a park known for its innovative rides want two coasters with vertical drops? I hope I'm wrong.

Thursday, October 21, 2004 3:18 AM
It most likely is a rocket. There are parts and shipping crates on-site. All signs point to the rocket according to the folks on Towers Times.
Thursday, October 21, 2004 9:03 AM
As far as I know it will be a rocket coaster but early reports make no mention of the ride having a top hat however I totally agree with the point about having that and oblivion. I guess the best I can hope for is that if Oblivion goes Tussauds move it to Thorpe Park which is onle 30 mins away from me HE HE HE... add that to the collossus, Inferno, Sky swing (2005) and their proposed rocket coaster i'll be laughing....something like this AH HA HA HA HA HAAA HAAAAA AAAHHH HA HA HAH HAAAAAAAH... You get the idea.
Thursday, October 21, 2004 11:03 AM
Gemini's avatar

five nights before 8pm they hear fifteen minutes of fireworks?

That would annoy the heck out of me.

Saturday, October 23, 2004 5:38 PM
That didnt stop SFGAdv from adding KK.......(remember chiller has a top hat.....)
Saturday, October 30, 2004 8:07 PM
I have been to Alton Towers many times despite living in London. I have also stayed in Alton itself and cannot hear the park. I can understand slightly about building heigh rollercoasters, but the noise level isnt that big. Even in the car park, its not that noisy.

And about Oblivion being removed because of the Roper family - I would doubt it would ever happen. That said, the ride itself does come very close to the road, though you cannot see it from there and there is not any houses near it.

What I would like to see is there troublesome china factory closed because it really is noisy. Then hopefully they will have to move away and Alton Towers would be OK.

The rocket coaster having a top hat - I hope not because it would not be unique, but we shall see. Perhaps an inverted top hat would be cool though.


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