Bailiffs set on Belgian state over plane noise
30 September 2005, BRUSSELS – Angry residents near Brussels International Airport are taking legal steps to seize state property because of noise nuisance from planes.
30 September 2005
BRUSSELS – Angry residents near Brussels International Airport are taking legal steps to seize state property because of noise nuisance from planes.
On Friday, representatives of noise action groups Wake Up Kraainem, AWACSS and the Belgian Union of Noise Nuisance confirmed that they had lodged a court order on Wednesday to send bailiffs to a government property.
They said 26-28 Rue de la Loi, in Brussels, which is up for sale, would be claimed to pay fines for the illegal use of the short runway 02 at Zaventem.
Brussels Appeal Court banned the use of the runway in March 2005, describing its use for landings and takeoffs as "excessive, illicit and abusive".
The runway was being used under the 'Anciaux plan' which aimed to disperse flightpaths across the city to share noise nuisance to residents more evenly.
But in March the court ruled the runway should only be used if wind conditions were bad on other runways or if security reasons made its use necessary.
Residents say since the court ruling 900 breaches of it have been recorded, which means the state should pay EUR 1,250 million.
However, their appeals to the court to impose the fines have been unsuccessful, say the activists.
AWACSS spokesman Frederic Petit said after two weeks, a notary could require the Belgian state to sell the Rue de la Loi property in their favour, but he insisted the government could still avoid the loss of the asset.
The government must stop "the irresponsible attitude of the mobility minister Landuyt who is not only playing around with safety but who is also destroying the lives of tens of thousands of people and who is arrogant enough not to respect court decisions", said Petit.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news