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New drone policy adopted

The council at its Policy, Finance and Development Committee meeting (Tuesday, 27 November) introduced a Drone and Model Aircraft Policy in response to an upsurge in public requests and usage on Oadby & Wigston Borough Council land, which includes parks and public open spaces.

The newly adopted policy prevents drones or model aircrafts from being flown from or above any Council owned or managed land without prior permission granted by the council.

Permission will only be granted where usage of a drone device aids risk reduction in the work place such as working at height, land and building survey work and/or undertaking a professional service such as festivals & events media coverage.

An exemption will be granted to the Emergency Services to aid their work and to their named pilot(s) to maintain their Permission of Commercial Operation licence in accordance with the regulations contained within the Air Navigation Order 2016 (ANO).

The council policy will guard against disturbance, annoyance, harassment to nearby occupants, users of public open spaces and ultimately help protect the safety of residents from incidents resulting from user or drone error.

Cllr Bill Boulter, Chairman of Service Delivery Committee said: ”It is important that we have a policy for the flying of drones on our parks and open spaces, because of the increasing use of them by members of the public and the dangers they may pose to other park users.”

Permission for flying drones or model aircrafts should be requested in writing to the Head of Law and Governance, Council Offices, Station Road, Wigston, LE18 2DR or by email: legal@oadby-wigston.gov.uk.

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