Res­i­dents protest air­craft noise

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Air­craft noise cam­paign­ers will take to the streets to­mor­row to protest against what they say is ru­in­ing any chance of Auck­land be­com­ing the world’s most live­able city.

Mt Eden res­i­dent Robin Scott and Sarah Sco­bie of Ep­som South say changes made in the last year to the way air­lines ap­proach Auck­land Air­port have in­creased air­craft noise and ad­versely af­fected their qual­ity of life.

They say air­craft us­ing a new ‘‘con­densed’’ flight path, con­tin­u­ous de­scent and fuel sav­ing en­gine modes cre­ate a huge over­head racket at all hours.

A pub­lic meet­ing held in Royal Oak last year at­tracted 200 res­i­dents con­cerned about the noise in­crease.

Ms Scott says it is an Auck­land­wide prob­lem af­fect­ing people from Ti­ti­rangi to Re­muera.

‘‘Auck­land is a nar­row, small area with an air­port in the mid­dle of the city.

‘‘Noise re­duc­tion should be a key fac­tor.

‘‘We have so much sea around us it should be used at all times – but no – it’s profit be­fore people’s men­tal and phys­i­cal state.’’

She says to­mor­row’s gath­er­ing will be a ‘‘friendly vigil’’ to draw at­ten­tion to their plight. They would like to see a re­turn to the flight paths and prac­tices used be­fore April 2013. Ms Sco­bie says she ex­pects a solid turnout.

‘‘There is a per­cep­tion it’s a few squeaky old ducks in the leafy burbs com­plain­ing, but it’s ac­tu­ally Auck­land-wide.’’

The protest vigil will be held at the cor­ner of Mt Al­bert Rd and Do­min­ion Rd from 11.30am till 1.30pm to­mor­row.

Photo: JOE DAW­SON

Over it: Robin Scott and Sarah Sco­bie say air­craft noise is in­creas­ing.

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