I’ve been flying since late 2017. One of my favourite spots to fly is in Hertford at Kingsmead. It’s on farmland and ever since I can remember, the farmer has given permission to fly there - even fencing off an area with a landing/takeoff strip. We contribute to mowing the grass and keeping the area tidy. It’s very popular with model aeroplane enthusiasts, drone racers and photographer flyers such as me.
So I turn up there today and am greeted with the sign shown in my image.
Quite a scary read, until you take the time to dissect the wording.
I still flew my Mini 2 and actually wanted someone to challenge me.
There have been some extremely noisy racing drones flown there in the past, but it’s been quite some time since I’ve seen these. Nearest properties are over 400m away, the other side of the River Lea.
Even before this sign was erected, I always flew within the boundaries they show.
My gripe is the confrontational heading to the sign, but once you read the main text of the sign fully - you CAN still fly your drone there. Initially it looks like the times they outline are when you can’t fly but it’s the times outside of these hours you cannot fly. I like the bit that says, “…may form the basis of a local Bylaw.”
So it seems East Herts council are too lazy to actually state what this byelaw is.
The farmer could rent the land off the council and drone has definitely been added as an afterthought.
When they talk about the bylaw, they could be suggesting this is the first step towards passing a bylaw.
The Bylaw shows where it is applicable and there cannot be a blanket ban as generally with a bylaw it needs to state specific places, this is assuming the 1906 bylaw actually still exists, this can be checked, I dont recall where but you may have to pay to get access. If your flying site is not mentioned then you are fine to go, following the code, licence rules obvioussly… also, they have not checked their bylaw against CAP 722 to see if they are now defunct…