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Letters from the Fenland Citizen, fenlandcitizen.co.uk, @FenlandCit on Twitter
Letters from the Fenland Citizen, fenlandcitizen.co.uk, @FenlandCit on Twitter

Wisbech – Capital of The Fens?

I feel strongly enough to write regarding the above statement.

A week in Wisbech in February, 2016:

n A forty-something-year-old woman raped in the local park (Citizen, February 17)

n A murder in Churchill Road (Citizen, February 24).

A town in decline – NOT Capital of the Fens.

No police station, no rail link and appearing on national news for being the second least integrated place in the country.

One unsolved murder of an elderly lady in Magazine Lane (Citizen, February 10).


P Eyers,

via email.

insurance app

Don’t you fall for it

I would just like to explain what I think is the real purpose of the “insurance app”. Yes, you know the one: “who is the best driver in your family?”

Despite the hype and public relation stunt to promote this app, the real dark truth behind it is that insurance companies want to find any excuse they can to cut the number of pay-outs they make and boost their profits by this devious new assessment system.

After you have voluntarily allowed them to assess your driving skills they will be able to make up their own criteria and adjust your insurance premiums based on your “driving liability” – obviously most people’s insurance premiums will go up!

This new app accurately records traffic accidents and will also identify if your driving was a contributing factor. Thus, you have voluntarily provided valuable evidence to your insurance company to do yourself over.

“So, don’t fall for it!”

Mark Burton,


town centre contrasts

Two faces of Wisbech

“Where have all the pigeons gone – long-time passing? Where have all the pigeons gone – long-time ago?”

A little ditty that has been running around in my head since you very kindly published my letter incorporating the refurbishment of Constantine House in Wisbech, fondly remembered as the most expensive pigeon loft in the UK – and I realised something else – Wisbech has achieved a great deal.

Standing on the town bridge I had a good look round and thoroughly enjoyed seeing how much has been achieved just in that small corner of Wisbech: the new windows of Constantine House; the re-instated historic clock; the re-furbished anti-slavery memorial; the effective flood defences – so thank you to: Fenland District Council; The Wisbech Society; The Environment Agency; Cambridgeshire County Council; and the entrepreneurs of Wisbech and private investors.

Sadly, facing each other across the river, are two sights that really do tug at the heart strings.

The still flying increasingly tattered Union Flag of Wisbech and the homeless pigeons of Wisbech.

The pigeons now huddled together on the roof of the White Lion, are there through no fault of their own, having been displaced by the refurbishment of Constantine House.

There is, however, no rhyme, reason or excuse for the tattered Union Flag providing silent but deadly testimony to the complete lack of effectiveness of Wisbech Town Council.

If David Oliver were to investigate he would find the proper way to dispose of flags.

“When a flag becomes tattered or faded and is no longer in a suitable condition for use, it should be destroyed in a dignified way – for example by burning, tearing or cutting into strips that no longer resemble the original flag.”

Also, I am bound to remark that flags should be flown at half-mast on the following occasions:

From the announcement of the death until the funeral of the Sovereign, and other Royal persons.

Should Wisbech Town Council decide to honour past Mayors it does seem rather logical that the same principle applies – from the announcement of the death until the funeral. But use a complete Union Flag, please – not a tattered and torn one.

I am now waiting with bated breath to see whether the pigeons will find a home first – or whether Wisbech will get a new Union Flag first.

Erbie Murat,

via email.

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