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Paraparaumu Airport Coalition Confident About Appeal Against Developers' Business Park

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16 OCTOBER 2008 - The Paraparaumu Airport Coalition says preparations for its appeal against plans for a business park on the airfield are well advanced.

The Coalition's convenor, Nick Fisher, says the community group has a strong case against 'Big Box' developments with its associated adverse traffic affects, and the planned closure of the airfield's East/West runway.

Mr Fisher says he expects the appeal to get under way in the Environment Court in February or March next year.

The Coalition's appeal centres on the need to retain both runways, on flight safety issues, and on traffic congestion as well as the rights of the original landowners.

"A wide range of people in the community are supporting our appeal and are contributing generously by giving to our appeal fund," Mr. Fisher says.

The Airport Coalition has also been working closely with a group representing Maori former owners of airport land, Te Whanau a te Ngarara.

Mr. Fisher says the two groups have engaged the same barrister, which has helped to reduce costs.

The Coalition and other interested parties are working on their vision for an Airport which meets community and aviation aspirations.

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