Lottery bid to regenerate Wisbech High Street

General View of Wisbech High Street ANL-140506-122649009
General View of Wisbech High Street ANL-140506-122649009

The team behind plans to improve Wisbech High Street will be reporting on how the plans are progressing.

Fenland District Council, Wisbech Society and Wisbech Town Council are supporting a £1.9 million Heritage Lottery bid to restore a number of buildings and facades on the High Street, including Cook’s Butchers.

They are also inviting members of the public to help produce an eye-catching new hoarding for one of the High Street properties.

The event will be in Wisbech Market Place on Thursday, August 6, from 9.30am-3pm.

Design work has been progressed for the proposed new public space on the site of the former Cook’s Butchers shop and the architects are keen to hear what people think of the emerging ideas.

As part of the event the College of West Anglia will be giving people a chance to try their hand at some practical construction skills.

The college’s construction faculty is providing space and equipment for people to have a go at laying some decorative paving and the art department will be encouraging people to help create a huge new stencil image.

Cllr David Oliver, cabinet member for conservation, said: “Over the past year or so we have had some really successful consultation events on this project that have helped us get this far. Ideas are now really starting to come together and we want to share them with the community and get their feedback.

“The Cook’s Butchers site will become a new public space for Wisbech and we want to make sure local people have their say in its design. We have a team of fantastic architects working on the whole High Street project and we are keen to produce something that future generations look upon with pride.

“Next week’s event is another good chance to learn more about the project and tell the team what you think.”

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