West Sussex County Council bought it in February last year for £20,850 with the intention of surveying buildings, claiming it was one of the first authorities in the country to do so.
It also planned to lend it to firefighters to scout out countryside blazes and use its thermal camera at night to respond to fires more quickly. At the time, the then council leader Louise Goldsmith said investing in the drone would “save lives”.
Fifteen members of West Sussex Fire and Rescue have been trained to fly the drone, costing the council £12,353. An additional £2,753 was spent on insurance, a grand total of £35,956.Well, money well spent if it saves one life, right?
...a council spokeswoman admitted it had not been used since it was bought.
“We acknowledge there has been a delay in using the drone,” she said.
“We have faced a number of difficulties mainly around licensing and, as a result, we are reviewing its future use.”*grinds teeth*