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What a sad letter calling Wisbech the ‘Crime capital of the Fens’ (Readers’ Views, March 2) and mentioning a TV programme referring to lack of integration.

Far better to look at the positive side of our town and maybe talk it up a bit. Even maybe appreciate the efforts that some have gone to, to make life better for us all.

How else are we to get investment in our town in the form of shops that maybe would keep us from taking our trade to Peterborough or elsewhere? Denigrate it and it will just go downhill.

Who could fault the North Brink surgery, the Eye Clinic with its advanced up-to-date equipment, the very modernised library, and the ever-accommodating hospital? Two excellent cinemas, one very unique.

And every year don’t we all benefit from the vast efforts of Wisbech in Bloom (the man who keeps the hanging baskets better than mine at home!)

The beauty of The Crescent, the church gardens, the new Octavia Hill garden. And the Park. Even the boarded up shops are painted with murals.

We have had a bad time. It’s not the same as it was. But we have a good MP working for us, and we are getting there. Albeit slowly, and when the railway does come, it should be a big boost to the improvements we need.

And yes we all talk about immigrants. Where in the UK will you find anywhere that has been unscathed by immigration?

Have you ever come across a rude immigrant shop assistant? Have you seen them at work in the fields early on a frosty morning?

Except for a rowdy few, and sadly we have nationals of our own that can be that, they are indistinguishable from ourselves, except for their language.

Let’s be positive. Broaden our outlook, travel a bit, see what other towns are suffering.

People are trying and they need to win. A few crimes doesn’t make it a crime capital. Unless we brand ourselves this.


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voice for integration

Launch event a success

Many people from different ethnic communities came from across Fenland and beyond to attend a launch concert organised by Fenland Fusion Forum at the Queen Mary Centre in Wisbech on Friday, February 26.

Prolific entertainers were the Big Heart and Soul Choir, Afrika Jambo Band, Baltic Dancers and the Albanion Washing Machine Company band (Irish Folk).

I would like to thank you all for making the launch event such a success.

We shall continue to count on individual support and advice to be able to organise regular integration events for the good of future generations in Fenland.

To say the launch event was ‘good’ is really an understatement.

‘Fantastic’ describes the concert atmosphere more accurately.

James Liboyi,


Fenland Fusion Forum.

councillor ‘pretty busy’

Help me slow the speeders

Well I’ve had a pretty busy month so far – potholes and standing water reported and seen to.

I went to the Chatteris Town Council at the beginning of February and reported that several people had complained about dog fouling in the town and play areas.

I asked the Town Council if they would ask Fenland Council if more dog fouling notices could be put up as I feel that there aren’t enough.

Maybe more information on the notices saying that if the £75 fine isn’t paid it could be increased to £1,000 and maybe that would be more encouragement for dog owners to clean up. Leaving dog mess is unsocial and unhealthy, anyway. Leaving the council chamber I was thinking to myself that I wouldn’t be holding my breath on that one!!

I’m not having much luck on the Speedwatch front. So far there are only four volunteers and one of those is the Camp Commandant (wife).

There was a report recently that Cambridgeshire was the worst place in the UK for speeding motorists, I sincerely hope that it doesn’t take a death to get people to volunteer.

Just a phone call to Chatteris (01354) 694255 is all it takes to come on board.

Cllr Dick Mandley,

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