Consultation underway on Community House proposal

General View of Community House in Sothwell Rd Wisbech ANL-140929-085600009
General View of Community House in Sothwell Rd Wisbech ANL-140929-085600009

People will be able to have their say on a proposal to close a community service in Wisbech.

Fenland District Council has now launched a 12-week consultation on its cost-cutting bid to close Community House.

The council is looking to transfer services currently offered at Community House, in Waterlees, to the nearby Oasis Centre.

The consultation, which was approved by cabinet members two weeks ago, was launched on Friday and will continue until Friday, December 19.

A council statement said: “The council is seeking the views of local residents and people who use Community House and its garden.

“It is also consulting partner organisations that provide services there.

“All their feedback will be carefully considered by Cabinet before any final decisions are made around January 2015.”

Waterlees ward district council members Michael and Virgina Bucknor are calling on people in Waterlees to come out and fight to keep the service.

They will also be inviting members of the district council’s cabinet to attend the Waterlees forum meeting on Thursday, October 16, at 7pm.

Speaking to the Fenland Citizen ahead of the meeting, Mrs Bucknor said: “This is the most deprived ward in Cambridgeshire.

“It has the greatest need and they are just putting a line through it.

Residents will be able to have their say online by going to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/communityhouseresidents

Partner organisations should go to : https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/communityhousepartners

Hard copies of the questionnaire are also available at the Community House and the Fenland @ your service shop in Wisbech.

These should be returned to: FAO Community House Consultation, Fenland District Council, Fenland Hall, County Road, March, Cambs, PE15 8NQ.