Another council request

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Another council request

Post by stjimmy1980 » Thu May 16, 2019 7:47 pm

I’ve had a pretty good success rate with councils in the past, I thought I’d try my luck with my local council after I’ve moved back to Essex. With the obvious reply of the beaches this was a statement in the attached email
“You are able to detect in parks but are not allowed to dig any holes.”

What do you make of that?


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Re: Another council request

Post by Blackadder43 » Thu May 16, 2019 7:53 pm

You are allowed to detect for surface finds, like lost keys or rings
But their insurance policy will not cover them if you dig holes and is therefore blanket banned
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Re: Another council request

Post by Fusion » Thu May 16, 2019 9:35 pm

It's pretty simple. Using a metal detector does nothing, it's much like waving a radio or a cell-phone around, so there's no real reason to ban it.
But digging holes is something different, and many councils have long-standing laws ( from way before metal detecting became a hobby ) in place banning it. It was probably aimed at stopping folks digging holes for football goalposts, or digging for worms for angling, but it's equally applicable to MD digging.

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