Drone use statistics for council activities in 2018

Gavin Horrocks made this Freedom of Information request to Portsmouth City Council

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Dear Portsmouth City Council,

I should like to know what activities you undertake that have been undertaken by, or assisted by, the use of drone technology; and for each, how many flight hours were logged in so doing.
I am expecting statistics for activities such as building inspections, environmental surveys, undertaking planning permission surveys prior to approval, monitoring areas where fly tipping is suspected, for asset management, landfill assessment, for road system design and traffic management; and so on.
For said activities, do you use your own drones and pilot or is this outsourced to local companies?

Yours faithfully,

Gavin Horrocks

FOI, Portsmouth City Council

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[1]logo_engInformation Governance  

Community & Communications  Services

Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth,
PO1 2AL

Telephone:    023 9268 8482

                                               

                                                                       

 

Reference: FOI2019/0301

 

Dear Mr Horrocks

 

 

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FOI, Portsmouth City Council

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Information Governance, Community & Communications Service
Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AL
Telephone:    023 9268 8482
 
 
Our Ref: FOI2019/301
 
Dear Mr Horrocks
                                   
INFORMATION REQUEST – FOI2019/301 - Drone use statistics for council
activities
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 25th February 2019,
which was considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 
 
In accordance with the Act, Portsmouth City Council confirms it holds the
information.
 
 
YOUR REQUEST:
 
I should like to know what activities you undertake that have been
undertaken by, or assisted by, the use of drone technology; and for each,
how many flight hours were logged in so doing.

I am expecting statistics for activities such as building inspections,
environmental surveys, undertaking planning permission surveys prior to
approval, monitoring areas where fly tipping is suspected, for asset
management, landfill assessment, for road system design and traffic
management; and so on.

For said activities, do you use your own drones and pilot or is this
outsourced to local companies?
 
 
OUR RESPONSE:
 
Drones are not being used by Portsmouth City Council.
 
 
Under the Re- Use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 (SI
2015/1415) the supplied information may not be re-used without obtaining
the permission of Portsmouth City Council.
 
We trust that our response fulfils your request, however, you have the
right to appeal against this decision or to complain about our treatment
of your request.  If you wish to do so, please set out in writing your
grounds of complaint and send to the Corporate Information Governance
Officer at Portsmouth City Council, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square,
Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2AL, telephone 023 9268 8482, e-mail
[1][email address].
Should you be dissatisfied with the outcome of the complaints decision you
may wish to follow the Portsmouth City Council’s Compliments and
Complaints procedure which can be found on the Portsmouth City Council
website or by contacting the Civic Offices.
 
Once these processes have been exhausted you have a further right of
appeal to the Information Commissioner at:
 
Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner
at:
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Telephone: 0303 123 1113
[2]https://ico.org.uk
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
 
Natasha King
Corporate Information Governance Officer
 
 

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FOI, Portsmouth City Council

Dear Mr Horrocks
 
Further to the below response being issued, we have been made aware of the
following:
 
"Our housing repairs and maintenance teams since 2016 have had drone
surveys undertaken on five separate occasions for the purpose of building
condition inspections. In all instances drone surveys are out sourced to
external companies. No records of flight hours are retained by the
Council".
 
Please accept our sincere apologies that this information was omitted from
our original response.
 
Kind regards
 
Natasha King
Corporate Information Governance Officer
 
 
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From: FOI
Sent: 04 March 2019 08:37
To: '[FOI #555828 email]'
<[FOI #555828 email]>
Cc: FOI <[Portsmouth City Council request email]>
Subject: FOI2019/301 - Drone use statistics for council activities
 
 
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Governance, Community & Communications Service
Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AL
Telephone:    023 9268 8482
 
 
Our Ref: FOI2019/301
 
Dear Mr Horrocks
                                   
INFORMATION REQUEST – FOI2019/301 - Drone use statistics for council
activities
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 25th February 2019,
which was considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 
 
In accordance with the Act, Portsmouth City Council confirms it holds the
information.
 
 
YOUR REQUEST:
 
I should like to know what activities you undertake that have been
undertaken by, or assisted by, the use of drone technology; and for each,
how many flight hours were logged in so doing.

I am expecting statistics for activities such as building inspections,
environmental surveys, undertaking planning permission surveys prior to
approval, monitoring areas where fly tipping is suspected, for asset
management, landfill assessment, for road system design and traffic
management; and so on.

For said activities, do you use your own drones and pilot or is this
outsourced to local companies?
 
 
OUR RESPONSE:
 
Drones are not being used by Portsmouth City Council.
 
 
Under the Re- Use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 (SI
2015/1415) the supplied information may not be re-used without obtaining
the permission of Portsmouth City Council.
 
We trust that our response fulfils your request, however, you have the
right to appeal against this decision or to complain about our treatment
of your request.  If you wish to do so, please set out in writing your
grounds of complaint and send to the Corporate Information Governance
Officer at Portsmouth City Council, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square,
Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2AL, telephone 023 9268 8482, e-mail
[1][email address].
Should you be dissatisfied with the outcome of the complaints decision you
may wish to follow the Portsmouth City Council’s Compliments and
Complaints procedure which can be found on the Portsmouth City Council
website or by contacting the Civic Offices.
 
Once these processes have been exhausted you have a further right of
appeal to the Information Commissioner at:
 
Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner
at:
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Telephone: 0303 123 1113
[2]https://ico.org.uk
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
 
Natasha King
Corporate Information Governance Officer
 
 

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