Eller­slie res­i­dent fights con­crete bar­rier

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES PASLEY

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.

JAMES PASLEY/FAIRFAX NZ

Mike Flem­ing says his house will be plunged into dark­ness if con­crete sound bar­ri­ers are erected.

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