Decision details

Open space use

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The director of Community Services submitted a report seeking a recommendation from committee for the control of activities on and above the Council’s open space areas. This included the use of drones, metal detecting and personal trainers running their own exercise classes on Council land.


Where formal permission is sought for an activity on Council owned land a contract is issued, with insurance cover and agreement to conditions of use. This is not usually the case with the activities mentioned, and no provision is made, therefore, to mitigate or eliminate any impact on other users of the open space, and upon the Council’s insurance liability.


Officers therefore proposed the limited circumstances when these activities would be acceptable and what would be required for them to be allowed.




1.    Approve the proposals set out in the report with regard to use of drones, metal detecting and fitness classes on Council owned land; and


2.    Delegate authority to the Director of Community Services to prepare and carry out the relevant consultation upon the above policies.


Publication date: 13/01/2022

Date of decision: 11/01/2022

Decided at meeting: 11/01/2022 - Community Services

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