Qioptiq visits Parliament
Dr James Davies MP was pleased to meet representatives of Qioptiq and of the Welsh Optoelectronics Forum at Parliament on Tuesday as part of a Photonics Showcase.
Qioptiq are a major supplier to UK MoD providing the key night vision equipment to fulfil frontline dismounted combat roles.
On Monday, it was announced that Qioptiq had won an £82m, six-year contract from the Ministry of Defence to maintain surveillance and targeting equipment for the UK’s armed forces. The contract covers equipment from across the Armed Forces, from frontline infantry and Royal Marine soldiers, to military specialists such as bomb disposal experts and includes infantry periscopes, laser aimers and target-locating equipment.
Dr James Davies MP said ‘It was a pleasure to meet Qioptiq at Parliament, particularly in view of the recently announced MoD contract.This is very positive news for many of my constituents who are employed at the main design and manufacturing facility located in St. Asaph.’
St. Asaph Afon Elwy Group
The Afon Elwy Group of volunteers are an environmental group who work closely with the City Council,
Denbighshire County Council, Keep Wales Tidy, Natural Resources Wales and other bodies to protect and enhance the riverside land on Roe Plas and other areas of the city. They undertake litter picking , flower and tree planting, river cleaning and a variety of work to protect and promote a healthy and sustainable environment in which wildlife and nature can thrive and be enjoyed by all..
The group welcome new members and are always seeking to encourage anyone who enjoys the benefits of the beautiful riverside walks and other green spaces within the city to join them in their efforts to secure the future and improvement of the areas for all.
At their recent AGM the Chairman, Mr. John Dod, presented the following report on the group's activities during 2016.
Insurance has been arranged as last year through KWT at £70; Chair and Secretary, on behalf of the group, accepted the Bryn Jones Community Award from St Asaph Rotary Club on February 4th, 2016; The Butterfly Garden was named the John Pickering Butterfly Garden in memory of a good member of our group; The bee sculpture was paid for and erected in the John Pickering Butterfly Garden, and subsequently relocated to a nearby tree; A successful evening bat walk was undertaken with KWT; Daffodils were planted on the grass verge of the A 525 near Roe Parc in December; Several litter picks were undertaken and a river clean; A successful evening walk and meal in The Plough on August 10th; The Bryn Gobaith play ground was tidied up; Bird boxes were cleaned; NRW kept us informed about developments regarding the flood prevention work; A grant application to DVC was unsuccessful;.
As a result of the flood prevention work throughout the city flood plain, National Resources Wales have undertaken to restore any bird and bat boxes lost as a result of tree felling, plant bluebells and wild flowers,
plant trees to replace those lost, replant the orchard at the back of the allotments with heritage trees, provide a sculpture of a Dipper in a suitable location to be decided, install duel use litter bins (litter/dog waste) and involve Cadwyn Clwyd “I beacons” as well as history points QR’s.
Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of September.