Alton Towers noise appeal fails

Date:

24/03/2007

Author:

Mike Taylor

Source:

The Independent

Matter:

Roper - Alton Towers

A couple whose cottage is 100 metres from Alton Towers have failed in their High Court bid to turn down the volume coming from the theme park.

Three years ago, Stephen and Suzanne Roper won a court victory against Tussauds Theme Parks when magistrates fined the company £5,000 and imposed a noise-abatement order.

Tussauds' appeal against the abatement order was rejected by Stoke Crown Court, but the fine was cut to £3,500 and the order was made less strict, raising the permissible noise level from 32 to 40 decibels.

The Ropers appealed to the High Court, but Mr Justice Wilkie yesterday held that the Crown Court was justified in refusing to impose a "more exacting standard" on Alton Towers.

Local residents "must expect some inconvenience from noise from Alton Towers", he said.

The Ropers' solicitor, Richard Buxton, said: "This case has shown that members of the community can stand up to big business. We will have to see whether the abatement order works."

The Ropers complained of noise from the park's public-address system, mechanical noise, fireworks and screams from passengers on white-knuckle rides.