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  Fun park punished for noise level
Updated 02 November 2004, 14.37
Ride at Alton Towers
A court has decided to fine the theme park Alton Towers 5000 after ruling that the park makes too much noise.

The park's owners have been told to make the park quieter after a couple living near there took them to court because they were fed up of the noise.

Stephen and Suzanne Roper said screams, fireworks displays, discos and other events at the Staffordshire site were making them miserable.

Alton Towers says the ruling is 'unreasonable' and will appeal.

'Quality of life'

Ride at Alton Towers
The Roper's moved into a house about 90m from the park's entrance 12 years before the first rollercoaster appeared on the site.

Speaking after the hearing at Stafford Crown Court, the couple said they hoped that the theme park would stick to the terms of the order.

"I think it's time that Alton Towers started to listen to the people who live around it and think about their quality of life," Mrs Roper said.

'Disappointed'

In a statement, Alton Towers said it did not believe the judgement was in the best interests of the community:

"Alton Towers is obviously disappointed that the District Judge today imposed what we believe are unreasonable conditions in his Abatement Order.

"As we have made clear, we will be appealing against this judgment."

The theme park closed for the winter on Sunday and says it hopes the dispute can be sorted out in time to re-open as planned on the 12 March 2005.

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