A County judge has sided with local residents in a precedent setting ruling in regards to aircraft noise and safety…
Northern California - A small community made up of recently constructed housing and condos had launched a class action suit against the local small airport of Neverland Field. Built in 1927, Neverland Field consisted of a single runway, and a small grouping of hangars surrounded by farmland. Since the airport opened for operation, it had been an important asset to local pilots, and businesses and the greater aviation community at large.
In 2011, a development company bought the land surrounding the airport and construction began shortly afterwards. Within a few years the immediate area was filled with newly constructed roads, housing, and condos.
A short time later, local residents began to complain about the noise from the aircraft flying in and out of Neverland Field. A class action suit was filed against the airport stating loss of quality of life, health issues associated with noise pollution and safety concerns of aircraft falling out of the sky at any given moment. The lawsuit also proclaims that aircraft “literally roar down the streets of the residents.”
Locals complained that the airport has severely affected their property values, thus causing a financial loss to the innocent residents that moved next to the decades old airfield. In addition, the class action lawsuit also states that larger aircraft such as the 4 seat Cessna 172 have been operating at odd, late night hours. Residents stated that the overpowered aircraft caused their houses to shake and animals to flee due to their formidable power plants However airport statistics indicated that there “were no significant changes” in runway operations, outside of normal seasonal variations.
After a few days of deliberation, the County judge ruled in favour of the local residents stating that they do in fact have a right to a peaceful environment, a safe area in which to raise their families, and that residents should in no way suffer financial loss due to the proximity of their newly constructed developments around the airport. The judge promised that swift and deliberate action will be taken to remedy the situation, and to ensure a more tranquil life for those affected.
The next morning, local residents found large "X” carved into streets surrounding the airport, and notices of land appropriation advised local residents to prepare for immediate relocation.
Once the temporarily relocation of local residents to an undisclosed location was completed, bulldozers were brought in, and 84 homes, and 7 condo developments were systematically demolished, and the entire area around the airport was levelled.
The judge hopes that his precedent setting ruling will avoid future legal complications, and will most certainly ensure a quieter, better quality of life for the class action participants. "Nobody should suffer the indignities of living next to an airport that you chose to move next to…that is just not fair” the County judge said in a statement to local media.
When asked what will become of the unoccupied land around the airport, County officials decided that it is most probable that the airport's runway will be extended
“We are pleased with the decision,” " said local pilot William “Wild Bill” Kelso USAAF Ret