REVEALED: Why drones are flying over Leighton Buzzard

Drone view of Vandyke Cemetery

Drone view of Vandyke Cemetery

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A series of videos taken from remote controlled drones has set Leighton-Linslade Town Council back £3,000, the LBO can reveal.

Over the last four weeks the council has uploaded six videos to its YouTube page, each of which showcases different elements of the town.

After commissioning professionally produced videos of this year’s canal festival and Picnic in the Park, the council upped the ante by shelling out for clips of Parson’s Close Rec, Vandyke Road Cemetery, Pages Park and the town market.

Each of the latter four videos contains footage that was taken on a drone, offering unparalleled bird’s eye views of Leighton-Linslade that cannot be seen from a plane.

The videos range from two to four minutes in length and at the time of writing only one of the six clips has been viewed more than 100 times on YouTube.

Each cost between £400 and £600– meaning that the total bill was an estimated £3,000.

Ian Haynes, the council’s head of grounds and environmental services, told the LBO that the videos were not commissioned for commercial purposes.

He said: “It started with the band concert in Parson’s Close Rec and we took it upon ourselves to do a series of films.

“Other authorities have done this type of thing as a way to showcase events and it showcases the assets and open spaces the town has.

“We looked at it as a way to celebrate and promote our parks and open spaces, we include cemeteries in that.

“We will promote themon social media and hopefully people will enjoy them.”

He added: “It is not about commercial revenue but rather about giving residents a different insight into the assets on their doorstep.

“We could look at editing it all together and turning it into a video of the town but from the outset we were thinking about how we promote the canal festival.

“It evolved from there,”

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