Have your say on investment in Wisbech’s future

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MEMBERS of the public are being invited to give their views on designs for a multi million pound investment in Wisbech.

Cambridgeshire County Council agreed in December last year to fund a building project at the College of West Anglia (CWA) site which would see major benefits for the community and improved job prospects.

The project is an £11.5 million pound investment on the Wisbech site which consists of a £5 million grant to help build a new technology block for students which will provide a training centre for engineering skills and promote and engage young people in engineering.

Tomorrow (Wednesday), from 9am to 5pm on the campus at the CWA, there will be a chance to see the designs for the other part of the investment, a £6.5 million jointly shared building for frontline and backroom council services.

The new Council offices will accommodate approximately 240 staff and aims to deliver services from the County Council and partner organisations, allowing for significant efficiency savings by bringing a number of services under one roof.

The facility will largely be designed as open plan office space with a number of meeting rooms. The planning application for this building will be submitted following the exhibition.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Steve Count, Cabinet Member for Performance and Resources said: “This project is a major development in Wisbech which will have benefits for the whole community. The investment in the new Technology Block will make a huge difference to generations of future engineers while the new council office will help us generate significant savings in the future.

“It is therefore right and proper that we show the public our plans for the site and how they will integrate with the existing campus. If the plans are approved we hope to start work on this new facility in the autumn 2011 so it can be ready to make a difference to people’s lives in the winter 2012/13.”

If visitors report to reception they will be redirected to a mobile on site where the exhibition will take place.