Fears of new flight paths spark an­other pe­ti­tion

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JOE DAW­SON

An­other com­mu­nity is tak­ing up the cud­gels against pro­posed changes to the flight paths in and out of Auck­land In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Air­port and airspace man­ager Air­ways is tri­alling new, more di­rect ap­proaches to the air­port in an ef­fort to re­duce fuel use and car­bon emis­sions, ( Cen­tral Leader, May 3).

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in­for­ma­tion sheet on the changes says the tracks of the new ap­proaches to the air­port are de­signed to max­imise highly ac­cu­rate satel­lite based nav­i­ga­tion to fly over in­dus­trial and light in­dus­trial ar­eas and the Manukau Har­bour.

But res­i­dents in Epsom have noted an in­crease in noise over­head and have gath­ered more than 200 sig­na­tures ask­ing for the orig­i­nal flight paths be re­in­stated.

Res­i­dents’ con­cerns in­clude fre­quent dis­rup­tion to their en­vi­ron­ments from in­creased plane noise.

Many cor­re­spon­dents to the Cen­tral Leader have writ­ten of bro­ken sleep and in­ter­rupted week­ends.

Epsom res­i­dent Lor­raine Clark says she is wor­ried the ‘‘loud whin­ing, rum­bling and roar­ing di­rectly above our prop­erty’’ will af­fect the value of her prop­erty.

An­other pe­ti­tion

is now be­ing cir­cu­lated, this time in Royal Oak.

Res­i­dent Mark Lynes says he too has been spurred into ac­tion. He spent last week­end de­liv­er­ing pam­phlets around his com­mu­nity and was to fol­low up with a pe­ti­tion to be signed in the days fol­low­ing.

‘‘The plan is to try to de­liver this pe­ti­tion to the Air­craft Noise Com­mu­nity Con­sul­ta­tive Group by Au­gust,’’ he says.

‘‘There were only meant to be 10 flights a day but it’s more than 10, I counted six in two hours on Sun­day.

‘‘When they use the old flight paths we can see them but not hear them. When they use the new ones we can well hear them. Even with mu­sic on you can hear them.’’

Mr Lynes says the trial has given them a taste of what they could be in for if the new ap­proaches are adopted in Novem­ber.

‘‘It would be con­stant. It’s a busy air­port and the the­ory is it’s only go­ing to get busier.’’

While the noise may not breach stan­dards for air­craft Mr Lynes says it does have other im­pacts.

‘‘If you look at the Re­source Man­age­ment Act it’s all about how it in­ter­feres with your pleas­ant­ness and the whole per­cep­tion of how it changes your life­style.

‘‘My wife is say­ing if they adopt it we will have to look at mov­ing.’’

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