Thursday, 31 March 2011

Pause 11 Aberporth UAV event cancelled / An expensive Folly!

 The Aberporth UAV event planned for July 2011 has been cancelled. The Pause 11 website states.

West Wales Airport Ltd regrets to announce that due to circumstances beyond their control the PUSE 11 exhibition and UAS demonstation planned for 6 and 7 of July will no longer be taking place.

Every effort will be made to convene an annual unmanned systems event at West Wales Airport from 2012 when it is hoped the UAS market will be better placed to both participate and gain benefit.

The organisers extend their sincere thanks and apologies to all who have expressed interest thus far and hope they will look forward to participating in next year's event.

Judging by previous events held in Europe, Pause 11 was expected to be dominated by the military and was already gaining the attention of peace and anti-militaisation groups from Wales and the Uk. Protests and events by these groups seemed likely.

With one of the empty office units at Parc Aberporth already being put on the open market for rent the dream of a UAV "centre of excellence" seems to have turned into an expensive nightmare.

The Welsh Assemby Government reveals £17 million pounds has already been spent on the project, not including money spent by Ceredigion County Council on the roundabout at the entrance to Parc Aberporth, and the realignment of the B4333 road.

There are currently 37 people employed in the units at Parc Aberporth, but the WAG cannot provide information on whether they are full or part-time jobs or whether the jobs are taken by people  with local addresses.

Thanks again to Bro Emlyn Peace and Justice Group for the above information.Link to their site at top of article.

Right I'm off for a little drinky to celebrate.

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