Byelaws relating to UAV Flights

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Dear Bolton Metropolitan Borough 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 (https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplic...) published by the Civil Aviation Authority in December 2020.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Hawkins

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Dear Simon Hawkins,

We acknowledge with thanks your request for information held by Bolton
Council received at this office on 21 January 2021.

This request will be considered under the Environmental Information
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Dear Mr Hawkins

 

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act
2000/Environmental Information Regulations 2004

 

Further to your recent request for information received on 21^st January
2021. The Council has assessed if your request should be handled under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 request and concluded that it should be
dealt with under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR),
which is the legislation that applies to requests for information which
relate to the environment, including the use of land and the built
environment.

 

You requested;

 

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
([1]https://clicktime.symantec.com/3KbkUzk1h...)
published by the Civil Aviation Authority in December 2020.

 

Regulation 12(4)(a) of the EIR provides an exception to the release of
Environmental Information where the public authority does not hold that
information when an applicant’s request is received. In this case Bolton
Council has no such byelaws or policies relating to the use of UAVs on
Council land therefore the information cannot be provided under regulation
12(4)(a) as it is not held by the council. As such please accept this
email as a refusal notice issued under regulation 14 of the EIR for your
request.

 

In accordance Regulation 9(1) of the Environmental Information
Regulations, “A public authority shall provide advice and assistance, so
far as it would be reasonable to expect the authority to do so.” I can
inform you that the council has published guidance in relation to
drone/UAV footage on its website and this is available via the following
link;

[2]https://www.bolton.gov.uk/filming

 

 

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Regulations in relation to your request. Representations must be made to
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possible, and no later than 40 working days after the date of receipt of
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request has not been dealt with in accordance with parts 2 and 3 of the
Regulations.

 

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Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
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Tel: 0303 123 1113

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

The Information Governance Team

Town Hall, Bolton, BL1 1RU

 

 

 

 

 

 

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