Noisy countryside

Dear Editor,

I understand that prior to the construction of the new racetrack near Pereira there was some concern about noise pollution after completion. I can now understand why.

I live in one of the only two houses at the southern edge of the Barragem da Bravura, and Pereira lies to the north east. As the crow flies, the track is eight kilometres away. You would be forgiven for thinking that it was just round the corner.

I obviously built here 23 years ago for the peace and quiet. I have already forgotten what that is. It’s immaterial whether you support motor sport – it’s a sport? – or not.

Sunday breakfast should not be to the accompaniment of dozens of manic bees monotonously going round and round in mindless pursuit of the bee ahead. We are woken by the racket and our house has walls 60 centimetres thick.

When the track was up for approval by F1, I assume that noise pollution was not on the agenda. Are there any environmental laws governing these organisations, or are they, like FIFA, beyond mere legislation?

At a time when the world is seeking solutions to pollution, wind turbines are sprouting like mushrooms on every hill top and individuals are trying to do their bit by recycling etc., along comes a bunch of cynical businessmen with their commercially sponsored ‘teams’ to burn more fossil fuel in an afternoon than most of us do in a year.

This ‘sport’ is a dinosaur – like the programme Top Gear, it was fun in its day when we knew nothing of ozone layers and carbon trading. Now, it’s out of step with the spirit of the times.

If there’s anyone else out there whose quality of life is seriously affected by noise pollution from this track, I’d be interested to hear from you at [email protected]

Kit Thackeray, by email