LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Wisbech Town Council wanted first refusal on courthouse if Fenland Council withdrew offer - so what went wrong?

Wisbech Nene Waterfront.Police Station and Court house. Picture: Steve Williams.

Wisbech Nene Waterfront.Police Station and Court house. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

To blame the loss of Wisbech courthouse on Fenland District Council officers is a little trite.

It is a fact that Wisbech Town Council had given notice to the Ministry of Justice in summer 2012, that it wanted first refusal if Fenland Council withdrew its offer.

The town council had reserves of £142,000 shown in the annual report in April 2013 and those reserves will have grown larger throughout the year.

The market place, for example, earns £89,000 a year so it could easily have bought the courthouse and then made something of it.

It is the case that the Ministry of Justice would have sold the property to the town council for £100,000, leaving a reasonable reserve.


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ERBIE MURAT

(former town clerk, Wisbech)

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