Multi million pound investment in Fenland assured

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A MULTI-million pound investment aimed at improving job prospects and skills for Fenland youngsters has been assured by Cambridgeshire County Council chiefs.

Around £13.5 million is being invested in the College of West Anglia Wisbech site to create a new engineering skills centre and offices from which council and other public services will be provided.

The Cabinet heard how the County Council has stepped into negotiations between the College of West Anglia and Fenland District Council to make sure funding could be secured.

The County Council has already pledged £11.5 million for the scheme as part of its commitment to improve the economy and job opportunities in the area.

The centre would help give youngsters much needed and sort after engineering and design skills helping them get jobs and improve the local economy.

Cambridgeshire County Council has provided Fenland District Council, who are investing £1.5 million in the site, support and assurances to allow the agreement to go ahead.

Cambridgeshire County Council Leader, Nick Clarke, who has taken a personal interest in the scheme, said: “Such a valuable educational facility, in one of our most deprived areas of the County, is essential to provide the skills needed for employment as well as reinforcing our commitment to the area. This is part of the millions of pounds of investment in Fenland to help improve education, services and more importantly the opportunities for Fenland youngsters. Cambridgeshire is open for business and I want all parts of the county able to benefit from that and a fair deal for all our communities.

“I am glad we could work so closely with Fenland District Council and the College of West Anglia who I know are pushing ahead with plans to improve the local economy.”