Town's landmark removed

PUBLISHED: 13:25 09 February 2007 | UPDATED: 22:33 28 May 2010

Regent Quay at Wisbech port after removal of the giant fuel storage tanks

Regent Quay at Wisbech port after removal of the giant fuel storage tanks

THE skyline of Wisbech port has changed for ever in the last week, with the removal of pre-Second World War fuel storage tanks on Regent Quay. The most recent residents of the one-ace site, Watson Petroleum Ltd, have moved to purpose-built premises in Alg

THE skyline of Wisbech port has changed for ever in the last week, with the removal of pre-Second World War fuel storage tanks on Regent Quay.

The most recent residents of the one-ace site, Watson Petroleum Ltd, have moved to purpose-built premises in Algores Way, Wisbech, and have cleared the site, including the above-ground large capacity storage tanks.

The move has enabled the Fenland Council-owned port to expand its import and export storage capacity to meet growing demand.

Wisbech port has seen renewed commercial interest as a facility for exporting goods as a result of the Nene Waterfront Regeneration Project, which is set to transform the economy of the town and of Fenland as a whole.

In November last year the port handled its first export cargo for more than a decade and, since then, the same customer has been a regular exporter from the port.

Councillor Mac Cotterell, portfolio holder with special responsibility for the port, said: "Things are moving fast at the port and the more space we can free up to accommodate more import and export storage capacity, the better.

"The storage tanks have been a feature of the port skyline for more than 70 years, but I am sure that the land will now be put to better use for the greater economic benefit of the town and of Fenland as a whole.

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