Local council in Leicestershire bans drones in parks and open spaces


Oadby and Wigston Borough Council in Leicestershire has banned drone use in parks and open spaces to ‘reduce risk to the public’.

The moves comes after the council put together a policy which has enabled them to monitor drone use in recreational areas.

According to a report from Leicestershire Live, a report detailing the new drone and model aircraft policy says that an upsurge in people flying the drones on council land is the reason behind bringing the rules in.

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It goes on to describe how anyone wanting to operate a drone on council property will be required to write for permission from the council’s head of law and governance and will only be approved if they have a PfCO license and public liability insurance up to £5m.

On the new rules, councillor 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.”

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