Walking tall, the council celebrating spectacular transformation of Wisbech waterfront

COUNCILLORS will celebrate the completion of a revitalised Nene Parade in Wisbech but at the same time have shelved the marketing of adjoining land to build 400 riverside homes.

The spectacular transformation of the waterfront as part of a �50 million regeneration is almost complete- the only thing missing being the homes which have fallen victim to the recession.

The Cabinet of Fenland District Council has decided “direct marketing of the development sites is not considered appropriate at the present time although soft marketing will continue in the interim.”

However the failure of developers to snap up the land for housing is not dampening the enthusiasm of the council for what’s been completed so far.

With the �4 million Boathouse project now firmly established and remediation of contaminated land also complete, the council is busy arranging formal handover the latest works which has seen the pedestrianisation of Nene Parade.

The �2 million cost has been met by the Government and the county council and has included resurfacing works to Freedom Bridge and relaying of footways in Lynn Road.

A council report says completion of the latest works “is a major achievement, providing an attractive waterfront landscape and fronting to the pending retail and housing sites.”

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The report added: “These works not only improve the aesthetics of the area but resolve the long term accessibility and surface flooding, making the development sites ‘ready to go’ once the market is right.”

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