Local News & Archive — March 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm — Updated: March 17, 2017 at 2:06 pm

Denbighshire drone ban ‘unenforceable’


A Denbighshire council executive has warned calls for drones to be banned from public places are ”virtually unenforceable”.

A report, due to be discussed next week, claims passing a resolution to stop people from flying remote-controlled drones in parks and beaches would have ”no legal effect”.

Last December, a motion calling for a ban from Plaid Cymru councillor for Rhuddlan, Arwel Roberts, was backed by a majority vote, leading to the local authority investigating whether it had the legal power to enforce it.

But head of legal services Gary Williams said creating a by-law would be the only way possible to impose a ban after new Civil Aviation guidelines were introduced last year. Welsh Government guidelines also state that councils should not all adopt byelaws.

The report adds: ”It does not seem possible to further govern drones in flight (but) it may be possible to regulate the take-off or landing of drones from council-owned property.”

Councillors will discuss the findings at County Hall in Ruthin next Thursday.

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