A THIRD REPORT OF SERIOUS SHEEP ATTACK

For the third time in almost as many weeks, there has been another incidence of a serious attack of sheep which has resulted in the loss of valued animals.

Two occurances were in Hardington Marsh and last night at the Manor Farm, North Perrott.

In all cases, dogs are the chief suspect and all incidences are reported as having taken place overnight.

Please report on 999 if you see a dog attack on stock or if you witness evidence of people “working” dogs at night.

When walking on farmland, please keep your dogs under close control and in sight at all times. An alarming rise in dogs attacking sheep in the North Perrott, Haselbury and Hardington areas has been reported over the last few years and the Police are involved in trying to aprehend those responsible.

MISSING DEFIBRILLATOR

North Perrott Defibrillator is located in East Street.

The village defibrillator was reported missing this morning.

It was last checked only a few days ago as being present and correct.

Does anyone know if it was used legitimately in the last few days?

If so, there’s no panic and I’m sure it will be returned in good time.

Otherwise, it will be reported lost and the Parish Clerk will have to make an insurance claim.

In the meantime, everyone (including me) will have to be careful to keep taking their pills!

Hopefully there will be a logical explanation and it will be returned safely…….

Notification of Meetings on 16th May

Because of the local elections on 5th May, the normal bi-monthly meeting of the Parish Council has had to be delayed until tomorrow, Monday 16th May. The programme of meetings is as follows:

7.00pm – Villlage meeting – no agenda (but village groups have been invited to present an annual report)

7.30pm – Annual Meeting of NPPC – Summary of the previous year by the outgoing Chairman, swearing in of new Council members and election of officers and co-option of Councillors.

Following the Annual Meeting the first bi-monthly meeting of the new NPPC.

Download the Agenda here

View previous Minutes here

LOST/STOLEN/RECOVERED?

On Sunday 10th April, a mountain bike was reported abandoned in some woodland in North Perrott. Having made local enquires, it has been concluded that the bike is probably lost or stolen.

This is a medium sized, fully functioning mountain bike that needs to be reunited with it’s owner. There are a number of distinguishing marks that the owner will be able to use to correctly claim it as theirs.

Please share North Perrott/Haselbury/Crewkerne area.

Enquiries to 01460 73451 or 07778 894546

THE DRONES ARE COMING!

The report of a drone flying North/South above the village this morning prompted a inquiry from a concerned resident. What is the legal position concerning drones flying above private property?

The answer required a little research. Click on the photo to find out more.

Stock Picture

There are two aspects of Law that seem to apply. Aviation Law states that drones must keep at least 50m away from a member of the public. That means that while it isn’t illegal to fly over private property, it must be at above a height of 50m or preferably more.

But Privacy Laws also apply. If the drone is filming someone who is in an area that would normally be considered to private from public scrutiny, then Privacy Laws are likely to override Aviation Law. The problem here is that at 50m, cameras are quite capable of hi-resolution pictures and how does one know if the camera is pointing at you or the skyline. The answer is that you can’t, so operators should follow some simple rules.

Remember, however innocent your intentions are, you are the intruder. Make sure you ask permission before overflying private property and never film at a resolution that might infringe on anyone’s right to privacy. There are many routes to publicising your activity, if you are likely to be overflying a village or larger conurbation, by announcing your intentions on a website or social media. Ultimately, if your drone is capable of flying at an altitude of 100m, why not make sure your activities are almost invisible to those below? They are much less likely to be worried if they know they can’t be seen on camera at that range.

Finally, there is always resort to training and qualification. Most, if not all professional operators hold a licence and will be aware of how to operate their drone safely and within the law. If you are an amateur operator that has grown bored of filming on your own property, why not invest in some training to get more out of your hobby and not raise concerns from neighbours?

If you were concerned by the drone or have information you wish to add, please post it here or on the North Perrott facebook page.

https://dronesaferegister.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-theres-a-drone-flying-over-your-house?fbclid=IwAR1ahhx3iFOX68dLgbh4g8ljYVX_D7uUWPlHF73Db0ax-E6VgL8WVNITKQM