and includes large open spaces like Shotover Country Park, Port Meadow, and South Park.
The council say they wish to update and rationalise existing byelaws and that they ‘have created a set of draft updated byelaws, based on the Home Office model of current best practice, and informed by experience of the current challenges, and on-going park user feedback.’
In the preamble to the proposed byelaws it mentions that a purpose is ‘for the prevention and suppression of nuisances’.
Byelaw 23 on drones and model aircraft is drafted (my emphasis added),
(1) No person shall cause any power-driven model aircraft or drone to:
(a) take off or otherwise be released for flight or control the flight of such an aircraft in the ground; or
(b) land in the ground without reasonable excuse.
Byelaw  shall not apply to use of model aircrafts or drones at authorised events or where a specified area is designated for this activity.
It is interesting to note for comparison that cycling and skateboarding are not prohibited, provided that they are not done ‘in such a manner as to cause danger or give reasonable grounds for annoyance to other persons’.
Given that CAA regulation covers so much about flying different categories of drones and the proximity of buildings and people, what does this proposed byelaw achieve? Is it even enforceable?
I’d welcome useful comments, but you don’t need to sound off pet peeves about local councils, etc. I’d like to construct a useful response to the consultation, which closes on 8 April.
From my understanding and i may be wrong, a bylaw can not be put in place if existing legislation covers the situation they are trying to cover. So, as the CAA covers this aspect, then the bylaw contravenes the guidance on applying such legislation.
They’re not stopping you flying, theyre’ trying to stop you taking off and landing from their land. So take off and land from outwith the greeen areas and fly wherever the fek you like, they can’t do jack shit as long as you stay within CAA regs. Even if you did TOAL from their green areas, I’m not sure it would be legally enforceable?
“In the ground” seems a strange phrase. I guess they mean from anywhere within their grounds?
Maybe send them the MK Parks Trust Policy on drone flying and ask them to reconsider. It puts their restrictive proposal to shame. Good luck.
Isn’t the misuse of new legislation classed as sub judiciary when there’s already sdequate legal measures in place which should be used. If so it’s misuse of legislation to control an issue which it was not designated for. The BB has done a good video on it.
That is the way I would challenge it.
Thanks, yes worth doing. The Oxford Model Flying Club already has a patch on Port Meadow, though I’ve never seen a model plane fly there. They credit their permission to fly there to the ‘Freemen of the City of Oxford’ …
… ‘and only OMFC members and their guests are allowed to fly on the site’.