Town’s landmark removed
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.
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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.
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"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.