Saturday, February 6, 2016

LETTERS: Too many jets over Danvers, Essex County, Massachusetts

To the editor:

In the past week here in Danvers, I’ve had a 747 in my living room, a DC-9 in my kitchen, helicopters and corporate jets in my family room and hundreds of other low-flying aircraft affecting my ability to enjoy my home.

Due to changes in FAA navigation, Danvers and other North Shore towns have been hit hard with a tremendous increase in air traffic and noise pollution in recent months. Combined with an increase in small aircraft traffic out of Beverly Airport circling over Danvers, noise pollution has become a very serious problem and the quality of life for Danvers residents has been greatly affected.

I’ve been woken up by airplane noise as late as 1 a.m. and as early as 4:30 a.m. Recently, I counted more than 100 aircraft over my home in Danvers in one day.

Come spring, we won’t be able to enjoy our decks, yards and outdoor space due to the extreme aircraft traffic and noise. We are 20 miles from Boston and shouldn’t be subjected to 20 hours of deafening airplane traffic daily.

It’s not just the tremendous number of planes, but they are flying at much lower altitudes than previously which is extremely loud. You can see large jets flying very low every day and no amount of soundproofing can stop the sound of a major jet.

Studies have shown that noise pollution from aircraft is not just a nuisance but it has a negative impact on residents’ health and well-being, including increased risk of heart disease and high blood pressure as well as hearing problems. There are health consequences to having hundreds of planes fly over your home, schools and work every day.

We need to let Beverly Airport, the FAA and Logan Airport know that the amount of aircraft and the low altitude of planes over Danvers are not acceptable.

I encourage people to call the noise complaint lines to register a complaint. I also encourage our Danvers Town officials and Essex County legislators to take action like they have done in Milton and other towns. Something has to be done – if we are silent on this issue the airplane noise will only get louder.

Massport 24-hour Noise Complaint Line: 617-561-333

Beverly Airport: 978-921-6072. 

-- Kathy Beal, Abington Road, Danvers

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