GT Writing Task 1 (Letter Writing) Sample # 39
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
You are unhappy about a plan to make your local airport bigger and increase the number of flights. You live near the airport.
Write a letter to your local newspaper. In your letter:
• explain where you live
• describe the problem
• give reasons why you do not want this development.
You should write at least 150 words.
You do NOT need to write your own address.
Begin your letter as follows:
Model Answer 1:
I am Patricia Anna, a local resident near the Toronto Pearson International Airport area, writing with regards to an article published in your newspaper on 16th July 2018. I am writing to express my discontent with the proposal of making the adjacent airport larger. Expanding the airport and increasing the number of flights is a good news for travellers but it is problematic for people staying nearby.
My house is situated within 15 minutes walk from the airport. Life near an airport is already tough and it would be further aggravated if the plan to expand the airport is carried out. First off, the low-flying aeroplanes are utterly distractive. They make high-pitched noise and the situation is worse for elderly and children. I am woken up by the late hour flights at midnight and this leaves me with a bad feeling in my office next day. The noise pollution should be controlled in our area, not increased for the sake of more frequent flights.
Furthermore, expanding the airport would also mean cutting down the area for development of gardens, parks, school spaces, and other recreational and important facilities – a quite undesirable situation for residents in this area. If the plan is executed, the area would see an increasing noise and air pollution, traffic congestions and price hike.
I, on behalf of the residents in this area, would request you to publish an editorial about the problems and our disagreement with the plan to enlarge the airport.