New wheels cause rumble on Alton Towers' Nemesis, complaints roll in

Posted Wednesday, April 22, 2009 11:14 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has received a flood of calls from Alton residents, who say the constant rumble from Alton Towers' Nemesis has made their lives unbearable over the past two weeks. The park said the noise was caused by new tyres on the ride and hope to have resolved the problem by the weekend.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 1:35 PM

I can see this being a problem if they're using the "for her pleasure" ribbed wheels that CP stuck on Raptor circa 2004.

Otherwise I've got no sympathy. I'm willing to bet most of the complainers moved in after the park did.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 1:50 PM

Alton's had neighbor complaints FOREVER...Knotts and Dorney and IB added up haven't had the neighbor problem that AT has had...

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 3:41 PM

Yeah, AT seems to have some of the crankiest theme park neighbors on the planet. Even the campground guys by Waldameer don't even sound this cranky.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 3:54 PM

At what point does majority rule?

This just wasn't one neighbor - the article makes it seem like much of the surrounding neighbors complained.

I like to think that the park has to try to be a good neighbor the same way any of us does. I like to take these case-by-case. I'm not automatically going to sympathize with the park. This was a noticable change that was an issue for a lot of people around them. The park is in the wrong and that's why they're fixing the situation.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 4:15 PM

I'd like a better measurement of misery, personally. Every year when this story comes up, these people make it sound like they're living in hell or being forced to watch Woody Allen movies.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 4:37 PM

I guess the true definition of irony is that any of us on here would love to have to live in the unbearable conditions next to a major theme park. Never understood, as its not like these places go up over night... and most parks are older then the developments that went up around them. I wonder if somewhere there is an airline enthusiast sight where news stories get posted about people living next to PHL or LAX complaining about noise... lol

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 4:47 PM

http://aviationenthusiast.net/

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 5:22 PM

phoenixphan :-) said:
I guess the true definition of irony is that any of us on here would love to have to live in the unbearable conditions next to a major theme park. Never understood, as its not like these places go up over night... and most parks are older then the developments that went up around them.

1. I would absolutely hate to live close enough to an amusement park to hear it in my home.

2. Being first one there doesn't give you the right to do whatever you want with no regard for those around you.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 5:46 PM

Re: #2

Well, there goes my weekend plans.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 5:52 PM

What a bunch of whiners. Is it just me or does it seem like this Alton Towers noise pollution story comes up at least twice a year?

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 5:54 PM

If it were up to the neighbors this park wouldn't exist at all. It has height limitations all over it, Sound, ECT ect. So much so that the proposed woodie a couple years ago that was supposed to break beast length record was scrapped.It wouldn't surprise me if the park has to have the neighbors permission to plant or cut down a tree.Yeah the park should try to be a good neighbor as they have tried their damndest for years to do.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 5:58 PM

I think phoenixphan is right in a certain sense. The point being the neighbors knew what they were getting into when they bought. But just because you get here first does NOT mean you have an open contract to do whatever.

In some situations this argument works, such is the case (imo) with CGA and Prudential. Screams and shrieks can't necessarily be controlled and they should be expected when you build next to an amusement park meant to make people scream and shriek.

However, this situation is a different animal. When a park has already shown they can operate a ride with less volume, don't you kind of lose the argument before you start?

Last edited by d_port_12E, Wednesday, April 22, 2009 6:01 PM
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 6:07 PM

I tend to agree with Jeff on this one. The article lost me at, "who say the constant rumble from Alton Towers' Nemesis has made their lives unbearable over the past two weeks."

Seriously. Unbearable? It's possible that the residents need a little tutorial on what unbearable living conditions really means. Alton isn't running their coasters at 3 AM, right?

I'm not sure about that majority issue, either. There are only two resident families sited in the article and one of them are the Ropers... come on, are we really supposed to take them seriously? ;)

Beyond that it is pretty vague about the numbers beyond the "flood of phone calls." Any chance the flood is from the same people calling over and over and over again? Who knows.

I think the main point is that a problem was identified and it is being addressed by the park. So, then we all move on.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 6:39 PM

Even still Carrie, they've shown things can operate with less of a disturbance.

That should be asked of all parks, operate as quiet as possible, as long as it doesn't negatively affect business.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 7:08 PM

Lord Gonchar said:

1. I would absolutely hate to live close enough to an amusement park to hear it in my home.


Yes, this. I would NEVER move in next to an amusement park. I, personally, like quiet neighborhoods where I can relax outside, and actually relax.

Noise from a main road doesn't really bother me, because it's not that loud unless A semi is engine braking right outside, but even that's usually temporary.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 7:33 PM

d_port_12E said:
Even still Carrie, they've shown things can operate with less of a disturbance.

That should be asked of all parks, operate as quiet as possible, as long as it doesn't negatively affect business.

I completely agree. But as I said, they agree there is a problem and are fixing it. What more can be asked of them?

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 7:42 PM

Point taken. Agreed : )

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 8:47 PM

I live a suburban block from I-71, one of the most traveled interstates in the US. From inside my house (which admittedly was built in 2001 and is well insulated and such), and I don't hear it ever. Sometimes when my windows are open I can hear the marching band from the high school about a mile away, which annoys me, but I wouldn't call it unbearable. Between the noise of the furnace, refrigerator and sometimes a bathroom fan, the outside world barely exists.

I guess my point is, what exactly are these people hearing?

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 9:46 PM

Carrie M. said:
I tend to agree with Jeff on this one. The article lost me at, "who say the constant rumble from Alton Towers' Nemesis has made their lives unbearable over the past two weeks."

Seriously. Unbearable? It's possible that the residents need a little tutorial on what unbearable living conditions really means. Alton isn't running their coasters at 3 AM, right?...


I definitely agree! I have I-81 less than 1/4 mile from my current residence, three hospitals (one with helipad), an airport a few miles away, and state police barracks a mile away. I would certainly take the noise of coasters, guests, and traffic from 10 am - 10 pm five or six months out of the year over the constant droning of the city. But on that note, living here for a few years I don't even notice the noise unless there happens to be an emergency vehicle going past my house... so I guess my opinion of noise pollution is scewed.

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