Play your part in the Wisbech High Street Project

Wisbech market place. Picture: Steve Williams.

Wisbech market place. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

The team working on the Wisbech High Street Project will be holding an informal event in the town next week to show people how the scheme is progressing and get their feedback.

They are also inviting members of the public to help produce an eye-catching new hoarding for one of the High Street properties.

The event will be in Wisbech Market Place on Thursday, August 6 from 9.30am to 3pm.

Earlier this year Fenland District Council received initial support for a £1.9m Townscape Heritage bid from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Wisbech High Street Project.

The project, led by Fenland District Council and the Wisbech Society, aims to deliver the restoration of a number of buildings and facades on Wisbech High Street, alongside the re-use of the Cook’s Butchers site as an area of public realm.

In particular, design work has been progressed for the proposed new public space on the site of the former Cook’s Butchers shop and the architects are keen to hear what people think of the emerging ideas.

As part of the event the College of West Anglia as a key partner in the project will be giving people a chance to try their hand at some practical construction skills.

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The college’s construction faculty is providing space and equipment for people to have a go at laying some decorative paving and the art department will be encouraging people to help create a huge new stencil image.

Councillor David Oliver, FDC’s Cabinet member responsible for conservation, said: “Over the past year or so we have had some really successful consultation events on this project that have helped us get this far. Ideas are now really starting to come together and we want to share them with the community and get their feedback.

“The Cook’s Butchers site will become a new public space for Wisbech and we want to make sure local people have their say in its design. We have a team of fantastic architects working on the whole High Street project and we are keen to produce something that future generations look upon with pride.

“Next week’s event is another good chance to learn more about the project and tell the team what you think.”

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