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Hopes for no repeat of traffic issues in Wisbech while town centre is closed




Councillors have expressed hopes that there will no repeat of the traffic issues seen in Wisbech during the summer while construction work was taking place on a derelict building.

The High Street was closed to traffic yesterday for five days while Fenland District Council carries out urgent repair works to 11-12 High Street.

During last night's Wisbech Town Council meeting, Coun Steve Tierney,who is pictured at Wisbech Castle, said the lay out for traffic in the summer had caused some problems.

Heritage open day at Wisbech Castle....Carol Beagles, Steve Tierney and Madeleine Johnson. (4052229)
Heritage open day at Wisbech Castle....Carol Beagles, Steve Tierney and Madeleine Johnson. (4052229)

He said: "We have had long discussions about what happened last time and they say they have altered the lay out to minimise disruption."

The High Street will be temporarily closed and diversion routes set up for the duration of the works, although businesses will be open as usual and pedestrian access will be maintained.

In July, contractors working on behalf of the district council partially demolished 11-12 High Street after investigations revealed that two walls behind the main fa├žade were structurally unsafe and at risk of collapse.

The additional work will comprise of the removal of a cross beam and careful dismantling of parts of the chimney stack along with some sections of the front facade in order to remove the immediate risks and reduce the heights of all unsupported brickwork.


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