The Parkland Airport, just west of Edmonton, took flight in late 2013 — but ever since then the complaints have been growing.
Local resident Len O’Donnell says they’ve gotten so bad, Parkland County is supposed to be setting up a hotline to deal with them; adding local residents are now set to gather signatures on a petition asking the federal government to shut the airport down.
O’Donnell says the noise from the planes and helicopters, compared to the peace and quiet they were used to, is “unbelievable,” and the environment is paying the price as well.
“It was an environmentally friendly area and part of the Wagner bog, and what they’ve done to the environment here is getting pathetic,” exclaimed O’Donnell.
He says, early on, the overwhelming majority of local residents wanted nothing to do with an airport and one was built anyway.
“There were 229 people in that meeting who voted against this airport, and there was 11 other people that wanted the airport.”
O’Donnell says residents also have concerns about how low some of the planes have been flying on occasion over their homes.
“I just about got hit on my tractor in my own yard here pushing snow one winter. When I met them coming around a corner . . . it’s kind of shocking to see an airplane eye to eye.”
The petition identifies a lack of consultation with residents, a lack of environmental studies, and the fact two other airports are nearby.
Signatures will start to be gathered on the 3rd of October, during a brief presentation at the Sandhills Community Hall, starting at 4 p.m.
A public open house and information session will then be held at the hall on 15th of October, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. (td)