Final preparations for Town Team

WISBECH Town Team has held its final meeting before submitting its Portas Pilot bid which it hopes will help to rejuvenate the town centre.

The Team has compiled the core data needed for the paperwork and is now working to present its vision in the Portas documents.

With the need to apply its ideas to the strict requirements of the bid, the Team has been forced to refine and focus to provide Wisbech with the best possible chance of success.

The Team still recognises the Market Place, the use, maintenance and regeneration of derelict buildings and the appointment of a town centre manager as its Portas priorities. Among the ideas now being committed to the bid is the modification of an existing empty retail building for use by local start-up or micro businesses.

Each would lease space in the building, providing a platform to showcase skills and products and the Team would like to hear from local businesses which would be interested in becoming part of the project.

The Market Place remains a cornerstone of the bid and the Team is proposing new uses for the area which will attract people to the town centre during the day and in the evenings.

The final bid must be placed by Friday. Letters of support from Stephen Barclay MP and Wisbech Town Council are among the many received but every letter (or email) of support increases the town’s chances of success and the Team wants to hear from anyone with letters to support.

These can be posted to the Team c/o Wisbech Town Council, North Brink, Wisbech, PE13 1JR, or emailed to by Wednesday (March 28).

The Team also needs to produce a short amateur video to go with the bid and would like to hear from anyone who can help.

After the bid has been posted, the Team will be looking at the wider issues affecting Wisbech and how to get funding from alternative sources.