Low planes

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I see that a cor­re­spon­dent ( Cen­tral Leader, Au­gust 14) men­tions me in the con­text of a per­ceived lack of in­ter­est by coun­cil in the cur­rent trial of flight paths.

Noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth.

As the par­ent of a two-year old, I can well at­test to what hap­pens when jumbo jets fly so low over­head at 4.55am (to cite a re­cent ex­am­ple) that you can hear the land­ing gear be­ing low­ered above the din of the en­gines. End of sleep. So I was amongst the first to sign the pe­ti­tion by the Auck­land The Plane Truth Ac­tion Group, and I posted links to the group’s Face­book page and pe­ti­tion on my own Face­book page.

I will be work­ing to get rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the Air­craft Noise Com­mu­nity Con­sul­ta­tive Group for my lo­cal board and in other ways to stop the trial or en­sure an ac­cept­able out­come.

For me this is not sim­ply a case of nim­by­ism.

Peo­ple like me de­cided to live in our area be­cause of the high amenity val­ues, amongst other things, and paid more ac­cord­ingly.

The treat­ment of the pub­lic over the course of this trial leaves a lot to be de­sired.

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