Privacy concerns could halt progress of pest deterrent drone


Privacy concerns raised against a proposal for a drone to fight against pest seagulls in Cheltenham could hinder its progress.

The proposal by members of Cheltenham Borough Council set out how they could use a drone to counter the growing bird problem in the town.

However, Councillor Max Wilkinson has spoken out against the use of a drone in this way, arguing that it causes privacy issues and how “a drone could be well be close enough to see through our bedroom windows.”

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According to a report from the BBC, the problem in the area means the number of local nests has risen to around 500 in recent years.

Earlier this month, the drone was put forward as one of several ideas to combat the pests which have been keeping local residents up at night.

Despite the progress being made to combat the seagulls, another councillor went on to describe the UAV plans at “utterly illiberal.”

Following the initial proposal, a council working group has subsequently come up with a series of recommendations to put to Cheltenham Borough Council’s cabinet to agree on.

The report went on to detail the drone would work alongside the highways authority at Gloucestershire County Council.

The council says it could temporarily close roads “more easily to allow a more nimble approach to treating nests.”

Read more on CDP’s coverage of the initial proposals here:

Local council considers drone to deal with seagull pest problem

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