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Neighbours want to ban Billy Joel's helicopter

News 06/05/2019

In this week's exciting Rock n' roll news, Billy Joel's Long Island neighbours want to ban him and others from using helicopters to fly in and out of their homes.

Get this, Joel is almost never in the vicinity of his neighbours to be able to bother anybody. But they still want to exercise the ban, because the rich have nothing better to do.

... and writers like us clearly have nothing interesting to write about.

Wall Street Journal reports that Mayor Lawrence Schmidlapp has received complaints from Center Island residents in Oyster Bay, New York, about Joel and other neighbours were disrupting the suburb's peace and beauty. The legend was assumed to have used his helicopter a few times a month. By air, Joel would be able to cut down journey time to Manhattan from 2 hours to a rough 15 minutes. 

Joel was only getting collateral damage as most neighbours' anger was directed at a hedge fund manager, Clive Holmes, who was accused of flying twice a day and offering joyrides for friends. "He has speakers and lights and helicopter makes a heck of a lot of noise," Schmidlapp said. "The people on this island deserve some peace and quiet."

"Billy Joel is not a problem," Schmidlapp explained to Sunday Times. "He goes once a month, flies to Manhattan and gets a limo to Madison Square Garden. He’s home at 11.30 at night. I never even hear him coming back."

A proposal for an alternative to an all-out ban suggests that helipads should be restricted to being used 15 times a month and that helipads are dismantled once a property is sold. A ban on new bases being built has already been imposed two years ago.

Joel was reportedly in favour of "common-sense regulation" but added that he'd "like to keep his helipad for occasional use". The new proposals will go to a vote after a public hearing on 8th May.