Posted Wednesday, June 11, 2003 4:41 AM | Contributed by Rctycoon2k
Theme park giant Alton Towers is returning to the drawing board with plans to build a wooden rollercoaster amid public outcry. The Moorlands attraction, which attracts 2.5 million visitors who spend £100 million a year, confirmed it had withdrawn original proposals for the new ride, but they would now be redrawn.
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"As soon as you design something that's idiot-proof, the world will go and design a better idiot." ... Thank you EchoVictor!
as well as that, most of the locals (or those who opposed the expansions), would love alton towers to move somewhere else, because, when i drove through the town, it was all architectural and stuff but there wasn't really a huge tourism business apart from the park itself.
The only solution i see to the problem is for the layout to be moved so it either doesn't cross the valley (mayve dips down into it), or to be moved else where altogether. Another thing which may occur (although it's highly unlikely and i don't think they can)... is for the straffordshire county officials to overule the council decision
Nemesis: Inferno 
"It's not a Too-mah!" - Arnold after riding Batman the Ride
I'm sure there are plenty of examples of this sort of thing happening in other big countries such as the US and Japan but why does the stupid locals have to go and complain when a major major coaster of record breaking proportions (at least in the UK) has the chance of being built in this country. I was really excited about this project especially after seeing the blue prints and reading the ride stats but now its gone..........
However, Alton Towers maintains it will build the widely anticipated woodie with a few modifications to keep all parties happy. They have returned to the drawing board and plan to announce a newly improved design soon.
COME ON!!!!!! COME ON!!!!!! COME ON!!!!!! COME ON!!!!!!
The Alton Beast lives on......
I hope they kill that iron yuppie. Thinks he's so big. The great homer simspon
It's a smart stragegy, actually. Alton knows it has trouble with the neighbors, so when they submit a plan, they make it *larger* than they plan on building because they *know* the first submission (no pun intended) will be shot down basically no matter what.
It seems that the actual size and stature is not what the locals have a problem with, rather the removal of trees and noise. No matter what size of a wooden Alton Towers draws up, there WILL be substantial tree removal, simply due to the nature of a wooden coaster's footprint. If the locals cling to that reasoning, then the size (height anyway) of the coaster will likely not matter. Also, unless a drastic design change happens, a woodie will always be noisy.
I wish Alton Towers good luck in their plans and I hope they can get approval somehow.
SCREAM with me... in 2003!
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