Fenland District Council has decided not to proceed at this time with the purchase of the land currently occupied by the old Wisbech Magistrates Court and Police Station in Wisbech.
The decision, taken by the council’s Cabinet last week (January 23), follows lengthy and detailed negotiations with the Ministry of Justice, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service. Cambridgeshire County Council has also been involved.
Fenland District Council officers have worked intensively on plans for the potential purchase of the land over the past two years, linked to the adjacent Nene Waterfront Regeneration project.
However, in the absence of formal commitments on the way forward from partner organisations, the council has reluctantly decided that the risks involved in the purchase are too great for it to go ahead.
Councillor Chris Seaton, FDC’s Deputy Leader and Economy Portfolio Holder said: “We have done all in our power to reach agreement on a plan that we believe could have had great benefits for everyone concerned.
“Given the potentially significant costs to the council and with no speedy end to the partner negotiations in sight, we have decided it is time to call a halt. We regret that it has not been possible to reach the agreement we have been seeking.”