Pleasurewood Hills has received a boost with the news that it can continue to operate the Wipeout rollercoaster, despite concerns over noise from local residents.
The Norwich Evening News reports that Waveney District Council has agreed to raise the noise limit that applies to Wipeout, enabling it to remain open. The council cited the importance of the ride to Pleasurewood Hills' profitability, as well as efforts made by park's management to keep noise levels down, as justification for the decision.
The council's decision will be a major boost to new owner H.I.G. Capital France's attempts to increase attendance at Pleasurewood Hills, following a multi-million pound takeover earlier this year. While it is four years old, Wipeout remains the park's biggest thrill ride and dominates its marketing materials.
Opened in 2007, Wipeout is a Vekoma Boomerang design that sees guests race around the circuit in a forwards direction, before completing a return trip facing backwards. The ride was previously installed at the closed American Adventure theme park, where it was known as Missile.
Pleasurewood Hills has submitted plans to install a 196-feet-tall drop tower ride in time for 2012 season, which will also be considered by the council. The new ride will be a Gravity Tower manufactured by Italy's Moser Rides, and at 60 metres will become the tallest ride at Pleasurewood Hills if planning permission is approved.