Steps to promote Tourism in St Asaph
The City Council has been successful in accessing funding from Cadwyn Clwyd that hopefully will enhance the visitor experience when they visit the City. Funding of £800 has been granted by Cadwyn Clwyd ,with a contribution of £200 from the City Council to place QR codes in 20 different locations of historical interest in the City.
A QR code (Quick Response code) is a type of 2D bar code that is used to provide easy access to information through a smartphone. Apps can be downloaded free of charge onto the phone that enables the owner to point the phone at a QR code. The phone`s camera will scan the QR code which will then automatically load the encoded data for you to see. The information stored on the code could include a piece of music or pictures relevant to that particular place. To date the codes can be found near the War Memorial, on the Mary Short Fountain ,at the entrance to R N Williams`s yard giving the history of the railway that ran through St Asaph at one time. They can also be found on some of the information boards near the river. The majority of the others should be in place by the time this edition of The City Times reaches you.
A sum of £2750 has also been granted by Cadwyn Clwyd to erect Plaques on a number of buildings with some information about the building or the people who lived there in the past e.g Sara Tonin`s were the Powell brothers who wrote the song “ Pack up your troubles” in 1915 and won a competition for writing the “best moral- building song” for the Soldiers in the First World War.Ironically one of the brothers was a pacifist and became a conscientious objector. Eliza Doolittle jazzed up the song and added some additional lyrics and had success in the charts with the song in 2010.
At present Cadwyn Clwyd are looking at two other bids by the Council to secure funding to have half a dozen wood carvings of animals and forna found alongside the river and a brochure with walks in and around the City.
In addition following discussions between members of the City Council and officers at DCC a number of properties have received offers of having their properties painted free of charge in a pastel colour of their choice. Which must be an offer that`s too good to refuse.