Planning permission has been granted for the construction of a new drop tower ride at Pleasurewood Hills, which is expected to open in time for the 2012 season.
Waveney District Council confirmed via its official Twitter account that approval has been granted for the installation of the ride at the park near Lowestoft in Suffolk. The approval, provided following a vote at a meeting on June 22, had been widely expected after council offers recommended approval of the plans.
Several conditions were attached to the recommendation, notably that noise levels at the boundary of the park must not increase substantially, that the ride's motors should be located at ground level and that the ride's colour should limit its visual impact.
At 196-feet-tall, the drop tower will become the tallest ride at Pleasurewood Hills. Two potential sites for the ride have been put forward, one of which is located on the site of the existing Thunderstruck ride. A previous drop tower ride, Mega Drop, was situated on the same site before its removal in 2005.
The new ride will see riders carried up a central column in a circular vehicle that can hold up to 24 riders. They will then plummet 55 metres (180 feet) towards the ground below, being stopped at the bottom by a combination of permanent magnetic brakes and deceleration ramps.
You can find out more about Pleasurewood Hills' plans by reading Theme Park Tourist's recent in-depth analysis of the drop tower plans.
The park's owners have promised to install two "mega-rides" during the next few years, one of which will be the drop tower. It will also continue with plans to open a new indoor Laser Labyrinth gun game later in 2011. Meanwhile, the Enigma rollercoaster, which opened at the park in 1995, will undergo a £150,000 makeover.
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