Fenland is online

EACH market town in Fenland and their surrounding villages will have their own dedicated ShapeYourPlace.

This comes after a successful pilot in the Wisbech area, which has been shortlisted for a national award.

All residents can visit their local ShapeYourPlace website and report issues directly to local councils, the police, the fire service and Councillors. They in return will respond and explain how they will try and resolve issues where they can.

Local people can also join in conversations, join debates and back campaigns started by other residents.

The project has trained volunteer community reporters who can blog and video community issues, events and give free publicity to community groups. One community reporter working on the successful Wisbech pilot has even given a retired baker a taste of fame by turning him into a YouTube star.

The website for Wisbech has also helped resolve a number of problems reported by residents including repainting a faded zebra crossing, highlighting anti social behaviour in a play area and clearing fly tipping.

Free training is on offer for anyone wanting to volunteer as a community reporter. Contact Matthew Hall on 01223-699493.