Thought I would add to the pile of parish council posts as I wanted to ask for some advice on how I approach the topic of drones…
Recently on the “community hub” for my local village on Facebook, there has been some minor uproar in relation to drone usage and some very poor advice being handed out by participants within, ranging from the classic “if you see a drone report it to the parish council as they need permission” to “I’ll just shoot it down” (sorry 'ard).
I haven’t bothered at the time of writing this post getting involved, but I intend to with some factual based responses to clear up the complete and utter shit that is coming out in some of the comments.
First up, is the parish councils attempt at a drone policy. I quote in its entirety;
Parish Council agreed at is Parish Council Meeting held on 26th July, 2017 that there should be a Policy or Flying Drones on Parish Council Land.
Drones/Model Aircraft are not flown on or over Parish Council Land or Property except by the emergency services or by prior written permission from Parish Council.
I want to check myself before i wreck myself… As far as I was concerned, I can operate my drone in whatever airspace i like, assuming that I am not in restricted airspace and following the CAA regulations. I can not operate my drone from land owned by the Parish Council without first receiving written permission to do so. Is my understanding correct?
Secondly, I have looked online to try and find a map of the land that is owned by the parish council but I cannot find anything unfortunately. I am not too aware of how it works when it comes to what the parish council own, so perhaps a member here has much more knowledge than I do on this subject area?
I am considering contacting the parish council to ask for clarifications, especially around the airspace point they have made as I believe that they do not have the authority to enforce this, but at the same time I do not want to provoke any arguments with them…
As for the muppets on Facebook, I will add my two cents in time, but right now I am more bothered by the pathetic attempt at a policy from my parish council and want to get some other opinions on it from some much better versed members of the forum.
Any advice / comments would be appreciated! (oh and sorry for the long time no speak, hope everyone is well)