Model aircraft club looking for secure home.
The Brant R/C Flyers Club may lose its flying field and has asked council to help it keep its field for model aircraft flying or else find it another space at Green Lane Park.
David Nicholas and Dennis Pybus appealed to council at its meeting on Oct. 21.
The Watts Pond Road property the group now uses to fly their remote-controlled airplanes is owned by Dufferin Aggregates which intends to begin extensive gravel extraction on the site.
Dufferin recently told the county that the club's lease will not be renewed and it will have to leave the property.
"I have difficulty understanding their reasons," said Pybus during his presentation at the meeting. He said Dufferin had still not directly informed the club but through the media, he understood that Dufferin concluded that the activity created noise complaints. The group has never had a noise complaint, he said.
The other reason given by Dufferin was that the club's aircraft could be a dangerous distraction for gravel truck drivers.
Pybus showed council other flying club operations in Burlington and Mississauga where planes flew at properties that were even closer to heavy traffic than the one in Brant. The Burlington Model Airplane Club at Bronte Creek Conservation Area was 180 metres away from the QEW. The Mississauga Flying Club at Totoredaca Park, also the site of an off-leash dog park, was 765 metres away from Highway 403.
The centre of the property where the Brant Flyers Club is located was 815 metres away from Watts Pond Road and from the entrance to the gravel operation off Paris Plains Church Road.
The club needed a property that was between two and four acres, Pybus said. The Brantford Airport property was too busy.
The club offers instruction and space for enthusiasts of radio-controlled model aircraft and has 45 members ranging in age from 12 to 80 years old. One member is disabled and some members are residents of the county. The club has used the field for 10 years.
Council voted to help the club find a new location and in the meantime, have discussions with Dufferin about keeping the club there.