Residents welcome news




IC Birmingham


Roper - Alton Towers

Residents in the village of Farley yesterday said they welcomed the news that Alton Towers would have to take steps to deal with noise pollution problems.

Many said screams from people on rides, traffic, and long speeches at corporate events had been steadily affecting their quality of life and most people backed the legal action taken by residents Stephen and Suzanne Roper.

Families get 20 tickets a year as part of a goodwill gesture from the theme park's owners, Tussaud's Theme Parks Ltd, and leaflets are distributed to warn them of special events.

Gina Dickason, aged 37, has lived in Farley for a year. She said she regularly heard noise from the Oblivion ride, including the commentary "don't look down". She said traffic was also an increasing problem.

"We knew it was on the doorstep of Alton Towers when we bought it and we have to accept that we are going to experience some noise and you live with it," she said.

"I can see both sides of the matter. There are a lot of people living round here who are employed by Alton Towers.

"From what I can gather, though, the problem has been getting worse for years and now someone has said 'enough is enough', which is good news.

"We moved here because it is in the countryside and it is an expensive area. We had concerns about house valuations and if they keep the noise levels down that will help people when they want to sell."

Victor Buttress, a retired local government officer, said: "We hear the Oblivion ride, fireworks that make the windows rattle, and when there are big parties we can hear what people are saying.

"At the BT event we heard the chairman's address, thanking all his cronies for the work they had done. We've rung up several times but nothing has been done."

But another resident, who did not wish to be named, said: "It's only Stephen Roper who is so upset about the noise. The noise is minimal and most people don't feel they are really affected by it."