A GROUP of model helicopter enthusiasts are sending out an SOS for a new pad – after being told to buzz off by their landlord.
Sheffield and District Model Helicopter Club has been given notice that from the end of this month they will no longer be able to take to the skies over a piece of derelict land they have rented for years.
Unless they can find an alternative home the club, which has been flying high for more than 30 years, could be grounded forever,
Around 40 members of the club regularly fly their helicopters, which can cost several thousand pounds, over land in Aldwarke Rotherham.
But as worried member Charlie Krajewski explains that is all coming to an end.
He said: “The plot we have used has steadily been made smaller due to new building being erected on the industrial estate.
“Now the final bit of land is earmarked for development and we’ve been told we have to leave.”
Charlie, aged 57, a retired policemen from Whiston in Rotherham says they need a piece of land measuring around 100 by 50 yards.
The club is prepared to pay rent for the land, which must have vehicular access and enough room for members to set up and safely fly their machines.
Charlie said: “Ideally there should be restricted public access. It wouldn’t be any good trying to fly somewhere that is busy.
“A piece of farmland would be good and farmers don’t have to worry about losing their EU funding due to change of use on the land as model flying is exempt.”
Anyone who can help the club out should call Charlie on 07886 258961.