SCHOOLS FLOCK TO
Nearly 400 children from 14 primary schools in and around Wisbech took part in the week-long Safety Zone held at the town’s fire station last month.
Topics covered included first aid, escaping a house fire, staying safe on the internet and car safety. The children also got advice on antisocial behaviour, food safety, shopping and taking care with electrics.
The Safety Zone is a Fenland Community Safety Partnership project, organised by Fenland District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council with extra help provided by the police, Roddons and UK Power Networks.
In total, about 800 children from across the district have visited the Zone this year.
Two new wooden benches have been installed in Spider Park, Walsoken, following requests from local councillors for improvements to the area. Funding came from Fenland District Council Leader Alan Melton’s Discretionary Fund. Cllr Melton said: “You can have your multi-million pound projects and they get lots of headlines but it’s often the small things like this that matter most to local people.”
ACTION TO COMBAT
Government Ministers have been given an in-depth briefing on the coordinated action being taken to combat the problem of rogue landlords in Wisbech. Councillor David Oliver, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder responsible for community safety, and council officer Sarah Gove met Housing Minister Mark Prisk, Immigration Minister Mark Harper and other senior officials.
They outlined the big strides being made by the joint task force Operation Pheasant in tackling problems faced by mainly migrant workers living in the private rented sector.
Cllr Oliver said: “The response was very positive and we are now hopeful of securing extra resources to take the work forward.”
A big tidy-up has taken place at a site in Whittlesey which has recently been plagued by anti-social behaviour. Residents living near the redundant garage site at Drybread Road had raised concerns about health and safety, noise and mess there.
In response, Fenland District Council, which owns the site, organised a day of action bringing together police, council officers and members of the Community Payback scheme to clean it up and make it safe.
Each garage has now been secured and the roofs painted with anti-climb paint to prevent future access.
Local produce growers and charities have a great opportunity to sell their wares and promote their causes at a new local market being held on the last Sunday of every month at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel in March.
Participation is free but people need to bring their own 6ft table and book a slot in advance. For more details, call the hotel on 01354 602890.
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