Alton Towers Appeal Case

Following a successful private prosecution last year, Tussauds Theme Parks Ltd, the owners of Alton Towers, were fined £5,000 and served with a noise abatement notice.

The case was brought by Stephen and Suzanne Roper, who live only 91m from the site, following mechanical noise and screams from the rides, amplified music, concerts and firework displays having made their life a “nightmare”.

The order limits noise from the Oblivion ride from 31 July 2005 and noise from screaming, shouting and “whoops” from all rides from 31 May 2006, with concerts and similar events being restricted to two days per year, and limits having been imposed on noise levels.

In an Appeal heard at the beginning of July, Alton Towers sought to have the noise abatement order overturned, claiming that the decision of the court was not representative of the level of actual complaints received or the feelings of the majority of local residents.

However, the theme park has lost its appeal, and has now been ordered to come up with ways to reduce noise levels.

A final ruling on the terms of the abatement notice is expected in September. It is hoped agreement will have been reached on ways to reduce noise levels from rides and displays by this time, though at this stage disagreement exists over the number of firework displays the theme park can put on.

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