Hopes for £3million to £4million pot to regenerate Wisbech High Street

The people behind plans to regenerate Wisbech High Street could be looking at a pot £3 million to £4 million after receiving another pledge of cash.

The run-down fronts of three shops in the High Street could be refreshed over the next three years if a £2 million Heritage Lottery fund application is given the green light. The application is due to be submitted in August.

The scheme could improve eyesores, such as the remains of the Cook’s Butchers shop, along with creating much-needed housing in the flats above other sites.

Wisbech Society has already pledged £25,000 to the scheme and now Wisbech town councillors agreed at a meeting on Monday has vowed to give a further £25,000.

The people behind the project also hope to gain other funding and hope to gain a total of £3 million to £4 million.

Speaking in the town on Monday, council leader David Oliver said the pledge could come from section 106 money, which is paid by developers to councils to improve local facilities.

He said: “This can only be good for the High Street.”

Chairman of Wisbech Society Ray Johnson was delighted with the council’s pledge.

He said: “I am extremely pleased. This is a positive move from the town council and Wisbech Society applaud it and hope that it will lead to other moneying coming from other organisations.

“We are hoping that the Lottery application will be successful.

“If we could get £3 million to £4 million to spend on the High Street, it would make a massive difference.”

Fenland District Council is working with Wisbech Society and other groups in the town along with Cambridge-based consultants, Ingham Pinnock Associates, on the Wisbech Dilapidated Building project.

The scheme is hoped to bring about a new dawn for the town centre by encouraging more investment along with promoting the town’s rich heritage.