Support for the newly launched WIN (Wisbech Infra-structure Now) campaign is gathering momentum following a Saturday of action on the town’s Market Place.
Campaigners handed out stickers and asked people to sign-up for the non-political move mentaimed at getting the need for better road infra-structure including dualling of the A47 recognised.
Around 200 people signed-up on the day and forms are now located at shops and businesses around the town for people to add their support.
Among the instigators is Virginia Bucknor who together with her husband Michael were among the team on the Market Place on Saturday.
She said: “The response was brilliant. People were all very interested and wanted to talk about WIN and what we want. They were all concerned about the state of the derelict buildings in the town centre and also talked about problems with the roads including the A47.
“We know this is not going to happen overnight. It is going to take years to get the funding, but if we don’t start campaigning now then it will take even longer for something to happen,” said Mrs Bucknor.
County Councillor Samantha Hoy has added her name to the campaigners but is determined to keep politics out.
“This has got to be a community campaign, it needs to be something like the one Thorney staged to get its by-pass. The local councils cannot do anything about the A47 it has to come from the government and we need to raise the profile of Wisbech and make the government take notice,” said Miss Hoy.
Fellow County Councillor Simon King was among the first to sign up he said: “I think WIN is a really good idea. The workshops we had for Wisbech 2020 all talked about the need for better transport infra-structure both road and rail.
“It is not going to happen overnight, we have got to start campaigning now, if we wait it will take even longer. The more people we can get involved the better. It is not something that needs to become a political football, it is important that everyone joins the campaign. As the old Chinese proverb says: even a journey of a 1,000miles starts with one small step.”
WIN has its own Facebook page and the campaign can also be followed on Twitter @WisbechNow