Plans in pipeline to make sure Wisbech thrives in the future

Wisbech Market place,

Wisbech Market place, - Credit: Archant

Wisbech continues to improve as a place to live, work and visit, according to councillors, who are reviewing a plan on how to make sure the town thrives in the future.

Councillors are setting down wish list goals in a new Wisbech Town Plan to make sure the area continues to grow and ties in with the Wisbech 2020 Vision.

The review comes after seeing a score of successful outcomes from the last plan which covered an eight year period from April 2008 to March 2014.

Councillor David Oliver, town council leader and chairman of the market place management committee, said: “I am extremely proud of what has been achieved by Wisbech Town Council over the last few years and am convinced that the public will continue to see Wisbech improve as a place to live, work and visit.

“Taking on the responsibility for Wisbech Market Place has provided the council with the opportunity to contribute to improving the viability and vitality of the town centre.

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“The council’s proposals to enhance the market place, so that it can become more of a community space, will assist that ambition,” he added.

Councillor Sam Hoy, deputy leader of the town council and chairman of the council’s resources committee, said: “I feel that one of the most important decisions of Wisbech Town Council – which was taken in response to the concerns of local people - was to take on the ownership of two sets of public toilets which, without the intervention of Wisbech Town Council, would have been closed.”

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The plan, produced by the town council, sets out a list of goals to promote the economic and social development of Wisbech, support community organisations and come up with ideas to help reduce crime.

It also sets out ways to work with partner organisations to improve local infrastructure.

Recent achievements include improving allotments and giving financial support to local organisations totalling around £30,000 annually.

Other achievements include festivals, creating a Working Together For Wisbech partnership with Fenland District Council and providing an alternative site for the Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum, which may otherwise have needed to consider re-location many miles from Wisbech.

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