Future of Community House, Wisbech, to be discussed by Fenland District Council’s cabinet

Community House. Wisbech. Picture: Steve Williams.

Community House. Wisbech. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

A centre that is a base for a range of community activities for the whole family looks like it might be under threat.

Community House in Wisbech, which organises events ranging from family fun days to recruiting volunteer flood wardens, may be lost in a round of money saving measures being made by Fenland District Council.

In a meeting of the council’s Cabinet tomorrow (Thursday) councillors are set to decide whether to launch a 12-week community consultation on the future of the facility as part of a wider examination of the council’s community support programme.

Cabinet member Councillor Mike Cornwell said: “Given the big budget savings we are having to make, we are forced to look closely at every aspect of the work we do. That includes our community support role.

“These proposals seek to make our contribution more focused and to use our own resources in the most effective way possible, in conjunction with our partners.

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“It is important to recognise that these are just proposals at this stage. No firm decision on the future of Community House has yet been made and will not be made until next year.

“What the cabinet will be deciding is whether to agree to launch a 12-week consultation to give all interested parties the chance to comment.

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“The proposals include one for a transition fund to allow activities to be based at shared community facilities, such as the nearby Oasis centre.

“This idea would support the vision of the Wisbech 2020 project and we are looking for feedback on it as part of the consultation.”

If cabinet decides to go ahead with the consultation, all the results arising from it will be reported back to cabinet in January 2015 to enable final decisions to be made.

Community House is owned by Roddons Housing Association and funded and staffed by the council.

Anne Brighton, Managing Director at Circle Housing Roddons, said: “We are fully aware of the proposal and will liaise further with colleagues at Fenland District Council if the cabinet decide to launch the 12 week consultation on the future of the facility.”

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