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Residents call for airport Asbo over night flight noise

20.08.08

Local residents at their wit’s end over night flight noise from Glasgow Airport are calling for the BAA to be served with an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (Asbo), the Clydebank Post reports. Applying for the order was one of a list of ideas generated by residents at a meeting hosted by Airport Watch Scotland, which campaigns against airport expansion.

The meeting was held in Clydebank Town Hall last Wednesday to discuss the problems for residents caused by flights in and out of Glasgow Airport. Other ideas suggested at the meeting included telling BAA that residents are holding a kite flying day and no planes are allowed to pass over and holding a mass tree planting (tree planting is banned under the flight path as birds can roost in them).

Resident Anne Gray, from Abbots Crescent, Whitecrook, suggested that the effects of aircraft noise, particularly at night, fulfilled the criteria for an Asbo. Anti-social behaviour under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 is behaviour that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more people who are not in the same household as the perpetrator. One of the forms it can take is excessive noise, particularly at night.

Ms Gray told the meeting: ‘I can remember lying in bed, not able to sleep with plane after plane flying over the house — it was terrible. They should get an Asbo.’

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