No-fly drone policy – a reminder for parks and open spaces

Colchester Borough Council is reinforcing its no-fly drone policy

Date issued: 13 June 2019

As instances of drone activity over the borough’s parks, nature reserves and open spaces increases, Colchester Borough Council is reinforcing its no-fly drone policy.

Posters are being placed at entrances to the borough’s country parks and public spaces to remind residents and visitors that drones cannot be flown from or above council land without prior permission.

Councillor Martin Goss, Portfolio Holder for Waste, Environment and Transportation, said: “We are increasingly receiving complaints from members of the public about drones flying overhead, often causing disturbance to people or wildlife.

“With the popularity of drones continuing to grow, we wanted to take the opportunity to remind everyone that this no-fly policy is in place to preserve the safety and tranquillity of our open spaces.”

Anyone found to be using a drone device without a letter of permission will be instructed to stop immediately. Permissions can be sought from the council but will only be considered for commercial work where the use of drones could reduce risk in the workplace, such as for land and building surveys, filming requests or wildlife surveys.

The council's drones policy can be viewed at: www.colchester.gov.uk/dronepolicy

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