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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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.
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?
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.
or not. I wish people would realise that living near a theme park has it's repercussions, regardless who was there first.
To be totally crude and mean, how old are these folks, and consequently, how long until Alton can put these frivilous lawsuits to rest? ;)
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 rcdb.com 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.
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.
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.
five nights before 8pm they hear fifteen minutes of fireworks?
That would annoy the heck out of me.
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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