Mayor Len Brown’s disinterest has been profound in the plight of those adversely affected by the noise pollution created by changes to international flight paths over our suburbs.
He touts Auckland as being the ‘most liveable’ city yet the quality of life is greatly diminished for we ratepayers affected by jet noise.
As a 25 per cent shareholder in the Airport, Auckland Council has a vested interest in its bottom line, so profit wins over the sanity of residents.
The action group Auckland: the Plane Truth feels that the Stand Down Len Brown March on February 22 was an appropriate venue for further protest.
The group has already staged a vigil at the intersection of Mt Albert and Dominion Roads, which approximately marks the ‘LOSGA’ waypoint, a GPS navigation coordinate routinely used by air traffic control for flights into and out of Auckland Airport.
Sure, every flight may not pass absolutely overhead of this point, but it is near enough that those residents adjacent to it experience the full force of close to 50 planes passing on many days.
This continues into the night, when we are repeatedly woken.
Mr Brown, we have had enough.
Despite repeated pleas, our concerns have been brushed off in a flurry of PR speak.
You are clearly more interested in profit than the wellbeing of your ratepayers.
All went well and the car was once again mobile.
Unfortunately I only managed to get halfway up the ramp and it gave up.
Back my husband came and the procedure was repeated.
Luckily a very helpful Pak’N Save man came to direct traffic as only one lane was open.
Off I went again but this time only to the left turning lane which leads to New North Rd.
I rushed into Pak’N Save’s reception, ordered a new battery by phone and then it was outside to commence a half hour session of directing cars and letting people know I hadn’t stopped on purpose and that my battery was flat.
Two young mums offered to help push the car.
Even the grocery manager arrived and allowed me to stay just where I was.
Only a couple of irate people but that was to be expected.
I am writing this to say thank you to everyone who offered to help – there were many and I was very heartened.
How could I be annoyed about a flat battery when so many kind people came to my aid.