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Last Updated: Monday, 18 July, 2005, 14:48 GMT 15:48 UK
Theme park party like 'war zone'
Oblivion ride at Alton Towers
Tussauds Theme Parks, which own Alton Towers, was fined 5,000
The regular firework displays held at Alton Towers make the area sound like a war zone, a court has heard.

The Staffordshire theme park has launched an appeal to overturn a noise abatement order.

A judge ruled against the theme park in 2004 after a couple living nearby brought a private prosecution.

In the second week of the appeal hearing, resident Beverly Ryan said since moving near to the park in 1986 the noise had increased.

Ms Ryan, who lives in the nearby village of Cotton, said the weeks leading up to bonfire night were a particular problem.

Residents' misery

She also told the court how the noise from one of the park's rides, Oblivion, reverberated around the area.

Tussauds Theme Parks, which own Alton Towers, was served with a noise abatement order and fined 5,000 in November 2004 after nearby residents Stephen and Suzanne Roper said they had been forced to put up with excessively high noise levels.

The park is appealing against the decision and if it fails, bosses will have two weeks to reduce the noise levels from its mechanical rollercoasters.

The Ropers told last year's hearing at North Staffordshire Magistrates' Court how late-night firework displays, concerts and corporate weekends which involved discos and loud public address systems contributed to their misery.

Alton Towers said at the time of the judgement that it did not believe the decision was representative of the level of actual complaints received or the feelings of the majority of local residents.

The case continues with Mrs Roper due to give evidence.




SEE ALSO:
Alton Towers fights noise order
11 Jul 05 |  Staffordshire
Fun park screams 'cause misery'
15 Jul 04 |  Staffordshire
Theme park 'pushing absenteeism'
21 Apr 04 |  Staffordshire
Alton Towers offers refund
03 Jun 03 |  Staffordshire


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