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Wisbech town centre closed to traffic due to repair work

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Wisbech Town Centre has been closed to traffic for up to five days while urgent action is taken to a derelict building.

Fenland District Council will be undertaking additional work at 11-12 High Street after surveys revealed that part of its structure had deteriorated and now requires more localised demolition. This started today (Monday, September 23)

In July, contractors working on behalf of Fenland District Council partially demolished 11-12 High Street after investigations revealed that two walls behind the main façade were structurally unsafe and at risk of collapse.

Plans have been submitted that will see 11 and 12 High Street, Wisbech demolished and replaced with a new building. (12694469)
Plans have been submitted that will see 11 and 12 High Street, Wisbech demolished and replaced with a new building. (12694469)

The additional work will comprise of the removal of a cross beam and careful dismantling of parts of the chimney stack along with some sections of the front facade in order to remove the immediate risks and reduce the heights of all unsupported brickwork.

Fenland District Council is aware that there were some issues caused by the necessary traffic diversion last time. A spokesman said: "We are advised by the County Councils Highway team and our appointed Traffic Management consultants and have asked them to implement some improvements to the system to try and avoid the problems that previously occurred. Nevertheless, there will be some disruption that is unavoidable."

The High Street will be temporarily closed and diversion routes set up for the duration of the works, although businesses will be open as usual and pedestrian access will be maintained.

The Council, which owns the Grade II listed building, purchased the property from its previous owner late last year in order to save it from further dilapidation and bring it back into use as part of its £1.9 million Heritage Lottery-funded Wisbech High Street Project.

Plans have been drawn up with a developer to regenerate the site with new flats and shops, and once completed, these properties will help to positively transform the look of Wisbech High Street.

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