The Queen Mary Centre in Wisbech has been let to charity, Ferry Project, which will encourage greater use of the building by the local community.
The move is part of Cambridgeshire County Council’s review of its assets to get best value for tax payers and the community.
The County Council, which owns the Queen Mary Centre in Queens Road Wisbech, has announced that it has let it to the successful Ferry Project, a homeless charity which has a base nearby at Octavia View on South Brink.
Ferry Project will be working hard over the coming months to ensure that greater public use is made of the facilities there for community activities and they are planning a number of improvements.
The arrangements with Ferry Project ensures the County Council will offer ongoing youth activities as previously.
Cambridgeshire County Councillor Steve Count, Cabinet Member for Resources and Performance, said: “Cambridgeshire is at the forefront in the UK for looking at assets owned by public services and making sure the best use is made of them for the communities we serve. I am very pleased that we can lease the Centre to such a worthwhile charity and that it will be used to support community activities.”
Keith Smith said: “It is with great pleasure that Ferry Project is working with Cambridgeshire County Council and the Kings Church to bring this valuable community asset back into use. We often hear people criticising Wisbech saying there is nothing to do here. Our aim to provide a place in Wisbech town centre where community groups, clubs and local people can meet to do what they like doing, whether that is sport, drama, fitness, cooking, taking courses or having a party. The doors are already open but there is a lot to do. If anyone would like to make a booking or help us up grade the building then just come along to the Queen Mary Centre Monday to Friday 9 – 5 or phone 01945 429300.”