Posted Monday, August 2, 2004 10:07 AM | Contributed by Jeff
A pottery firm boss and his wife expressed their relief today after winning a 25-year battle against a theme park to turn the volume down. At a hearing at Stafford Crown Court today, District Judge Timothy Gascoigne found the attraction’s London-based owners, Tussaud’s Theme Parks Ltd, guilty of statutory noise nuisance under the 1990 Environmental Protection Act.
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I feel bad for Alton Towers I really do. Makes ya wonder would it be cheaper to keep up with these battles or just buy all the houses within a certain distance.
Its back to that old saying, if the family was there before the park, fine, I see no problem in complaining, but if the park was there first they have no right to complain.
Not up on my Alton Towers facts, but their first coaster went in in 1980. The article describes the couples "25 year battle".
I'm guessing they were indeed there before AT really started putting up a bunch of big thrill rides, doing fireworks and such.
Perhaps just offer to purchase homes above the market price (since it'd be low due to the noise) and then either sell to families who sign a noise waiver, or tear down the home.
I don't know...tough call. Depends on who was there first.
Another reason is the status of the Towers as a historical place (very, very, OLD) and the recreational value of the area.
As much as I would like to have a few B&Ms in my backyard, I can somehow understand the angry folks who used to live next to an ancient quiet castle which nowadays plunges a 2-ton vehicle with 16 screaming humans into a hole every 20 seconds.
AFAIK the tracks and supports are already filled with sand and the contact points of track and supports are coated with special plastics to kill as much noise as possible.
I think the problem with Oblivion is the pressure that goes into the ground when the car crashes through that narrow tunnel.
But as Jeff said, with all those concerns those rides should have never been built in the first place.
(did I just write that?!)
What I'm getting at is that these kinds of recreational places rarely thrive in the US without having been near a big road, or planned along with such a road. It's hard to believe that Alton Towers could have grown to its size without being near a major road.
But like I said, if the planning authorities were OK with what they built, so should the residents that elected them be. If not, well, that's democracy, sorry about your luck.
If it is bad for Tussauds i imagine an appeal will be lodged.
I am not surprised that this has happened, just hoped it would never actually come to court. Not good for Alton or the poor residents whose lives have been disturbed on top of their house being worth a lot less than it would be if the park was not there.
Regarding the traffic system in the uk. It is not as backward as some of you guys are making out. There is a very extensive motorway network that covers the entire country (free by the way), the problem is when you get off the motorways. You hit roads designed for horses not cars and buses!!!
Alton towers is in the worst possible location, no direct train connection (trains in the UK go everywhere (although rarely on time)and quite a distance from the main road network. You have to wind your way down country lanes that should only see 10 cars an hour, but instead they are full everyday.
There have been reports that Tussauds were going to pay for a duel carriageway bypass of Alton, in my opinion the sooner the better.
This does not help the noise problem though. perhaps a generous buyout of some homes near oblivion would help. But what about future development???
It now makes more sense to build down into the valley (where the woodie was supposed to go) away from any possible noise complaints. Build indoor rides. There have been rumours of a 5D ride like superman. No noise problem there.
What to do about oblivion- cover it totally- not out of the question, but would lose some of its visual impact, but at least it would still be operating.
There will be a lot of effort going on i imagine to try and get around this problem, lets hope an amicable solution can be found for all.
Alton Towers have to come up with a plan to cut the noise from its rides, firework displays, concerts and public address systems by November...
Good luck, AT!
"The Ropers' barrister, Martin Diggins, added: "The case is a historic victory for the little guy against the giant corporation and for the environment in general."
Now read this ironic twist to the plot, gives new meaning to the phrase "those living in glass houses shouldn't throw stones":
Guy has alot of nerve portraying the victim, when it's clear he's a worse offender than AT will ever be for the exact same violation! At least he gets a peaceful night of quiet after AT closes at 6pm, hope this finger pointing hypocrite gets what's coming to him!
*** This post was edited by jomo 8/3/2004 6:39:12 PM ***
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