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Fenland District Council News from the Fenland Citizen, fenlandcitizen.co.uk, @FenlandCit on Twitter
Fenland District Council News from the Fenland Citizen, fenlandcitizen.co.uk, @FenlandCit on Twitter

Six months on from the launch of Wisbech 2020 Vision and Fenland Council is claiming great progress has been made on the short term aims.

In an update report published this week the council said there have been some positive outcomes thanks to the work of organisations, businesses and residents.

One of the biggest successes is the better uptake of free school meals among eligible families.

Around 40 more families have claimed the free meals, which not only benefits the children involved but also their school and there are moves afoot to ensure that all those who can claim them do.

Work is in had to look at ways of targeting families who could claim but are not claiming free school meals. This will see the Department of Work and Pensions working with local councils and schools to address the issue and there will also be improved ways of signing up on-line.

The owners of Constantine House have committed to bringing the derelict eyesore back into use by the end of 2013, a move also heralded as a major success for Wisbech 2020.

A multi agency group has been tackling houses in multiple occupancy by uncovering exploitation through Operation Pheasant, and work has also been undertaken to improve cohesion in the town including the setting up of a Tension Monitoring Group.

There have also been numerous activities to keep Wisbech clean with shcools and other groups getting involved in litter picks and planting activities.

And the College of West Anglia has been carrying out skills assessments to help identify what skills are lacking and how these can be addresses and also what are the specific requirements of employers.

Work has also been done on looking into improving use of the port area and in better promoting the Boathouse.

Over 200 stakeholders (individuals and representatives of various organisations) took part in workshop sessions last year to help come up with ideas and plans to improve Wisbech’s prosperity.

The short term goals should be achieved by the end of 2014 and the long term aims by the end of 2020 and beyond. Another update should be given at the end of this year or early next year.