Ellerslie resident fights concrete barrier
An Auckland man fears the value of his house will plummet if a three metre high noise barrier is erected along the Southern Motorway.
Ellerslie resident Mike Fleming is fighting to stop NZTA from erecting concrete noise barriers along his property boundary out of fears it will plunge his 85-year-old family home into darkness and wipe hundreds of thousands of dollars off its CV.
He said he wanted NZTA to use the same transparent acrylic glass that was erected beneath St Mary’s Bay for $3.5 million in 2011.
For more than a year Ellerslie residents have campaigned for sound barriers to be installed along the Southern Motorway, because they believed increased traffic flows led to more noise pollution.
In March NZTA announced it would install concrete noise barriers, and anticipated work would begin in June.
Fleming, who lives in his third generation family home beside the Tecoma St exit, was all for the noise barriers but said concrete was the wrong option.
‘‘It’s about getting protection for the house, the family and the community as a whole, but it’s also got to be aesthetically pleasing,’’ Fleming said.
Fleming’s house was about five metres from the motorway, and he said the concrete wall would be about the same height as his roof.
He said the motorway-facing side of his home received no sun- light for the majority of the day, but with a concrete wall it would get none. He said it would be detrimental to the lighting and warmth of homes beside the wall.
Greater Auckland, formerly Transport Blog, administrator Matt Lowrie said the growing numbers of vehicles on the
An NZTA spokesperson said it selected concrete because it offered better durability, impact resistance, maintenance and ‘‘whole-of-life’’ costs compared to other materials used in New Zealand.
The spokesperson said the decision to use concrete was final.
Mike Fleming says his house will be plunged into darkness if concrete sound barriers are erected.