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Hatherleigh to get First UK Drone Port
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

April 1, 2018: Talks with a “major on-line retailer” about an air parcel delivery service based in Hatherleigh are said to be at an advanced stage. The Hatherleigh Drone Port, the first in a series planned for the UK, is to be sited in the new market commercial area and is expected to be ready for operations in early 2019. A spokesman for the contractor – a Polish company called Pol-Fol Air - told hatherleigh.net that the town is an ideal location for air deliveries across Devon. Up to 1000 parcels per hour will be delivered by truck from Exeter to the Hatherleigh Drone Port, where robotic systems will load parcels directly onto waiting drones. The number of flights will be in the region of 200 per hour Monday to Saturday says the company. We pointed out that this means an equal number of return flights and asked about the disturbance factor particularly at night. The spokesman said that the latest generation of drones are very quiet. “As well as the central location, we’re particularly interested in the drone skills and engineering experience you have in the town, as we’re planning a maintenance workshop too. About 20 jobs could be generated.” We understand that an Air-Taxi base is also under consideration. Comments to drones@hatherleigh.net. We’ll publish your thoughts here. Respond to any planning application separately please. More when we get it.

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