Byelaws relating to UAV Flights

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Dear Chelmsford City Council,

Can you please advise if you have any byelaws relating to the use off UAVs from your land, and if so can you please elder provide a copy or the link to their location on a website.

If you do not have any byelaws, do you have any other policies relating to the use of UAVs on your land?

Can you finally advise if these have been reviewed in relation to CAP722C ( published by the Civil Aviation Authority in December 2020.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Hawkins

Dear Chelmsford City Council,

I note that this FOI request is over the 20 working days. As I understand that there may be an impact due to Covid, can I please request an update and a revised estimate for receiving a response.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Hawkins

Information Request, Chelmsford City Council

Dear Simon,

Apologies for the delay. I am sending this email in response to your Freedom of Information Act (2000) request reference IR 8605. Please use this reference in any subsequent contact relating to this request.

We have carried out a search and are unable to locate any byelaws relevant to you request. However, the flying UAVs on Council owned land is covered by the following policy:

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John Breen
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Chelmsford City Council

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