Local News & Archive — December 6, 2016 at 3:29 pm — Updated: December 6, 2016 at 3:56 pm

Councillors back calls for Denbighshire drone ban


Denbighshire County Council is to consider whether it has legal powers to enforce a ban on drones in public places.

It follows calls from a Plaid Cymru councillor in Rhuddlan to introduce fines for people who fly remote-controlled drones in parks and beaches. Arwel Roberts’ motion was backed by councillors at a County Hall meeting in Ruthin on Tuesday.

Mr Roberts said people were not happy with the growing number of drones being flowing around the Rhuddlan and Rhyl areas because of concerns about privacy. He told BBC Wales: ”Denbighshire could lead the way here by trying to stop the use of drones in public places like on the beaches and also in public parks.”

”Technology is a marvellous thing but it seems that these flying machines hover over people’s houses and gardens. The law states that they cannot be flown over built-up areas or within 50 metres of people you don’t have control over.”

Under his proposals, the ban would apply to anyone not authorised by the Civil Aviation Authority to use drones and anyone who does not follow their guidelines. A CAA code of practice was introduced recently.

38 councillors backed Mr Roberts’ plans with just five objections. The authority will now investigate whether such a ban can be enforced.

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