Work continues on run-down properties in the Fens

Derelict Buildings in Constantine House Wisbech

Derelict Buildings in Constantine House Wisbech - Credit: Archant

More than 100 owners of run down properties in Wisbech and March have been targeted as part of a campaign to improve street scenes of the Fens.

Constantine House in Wisbech and The Old Bank House in West End, March, are among 12 properties that have seen “tangible progress”, according to a report.

A further 50, however, have been listed as outstanding priority cases.

Of 101 cases investigated by officers at Fenland District Council 50 were put as high priority, 39 have been resolved and 12 properties have been partially resolved.

Enforcement notices are about to be issued to 8a Acre Road in March and the former ATS Euromaster site at Wisbech.

Other properties that have been partially resolved and shown progress in Wisbech are 6, 9 and 10 South Brink, 21, 23 and 25 Hill Street, a collapsed wall at Sugar Tubb Lane, 13 Market Place, 1 and 2 Market Street.

In March progress has been made at 8 Nene Parade.

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In a cabinet report to Fenland District Council members heard that: “Officers continue to liaise regularly with the building owners and contractors on these sites in order to ensure momentum is maintained.”

It is expected that repair works should be finished by the end of February 2015 in the majority of the above cases in a programme costing in the region of £500,000, the report adds.

“At Constantine House significant progress has been made on site. Internally the fabric, including floors and ceilings is being reconstructed and external works including brickwork repairs are ongoing.

“An order has been placed for the roof trusses and it is estimated that the roof shall be reinstated.”

Of the 50 outstanding high priority cases only four owners who have received multiple communications from the council have failed to engage with officers, the report says.

“All other contacted owners have demonstrated a willingness to engage and work with officers to progress cases,” the report says.