‘Wisbech 2020 Vision’ plan unveiled at “unprecedented” county council meeting

Cambridgeshire County Council Cabinet meeting held at The Boathouse in Wisbech.
Cambridgeshire County Council Cabinet meeting held at The Boathouse in Wisbech.

IN a historic move, Cambridgeshire County Council Cabinet met in Wisbech today (Tuesday) for what is believed to be the first time.

The meeting in The Boathouse was well attended by local councillors and several members of the public, which was a positive response to the unusual change of location.

Council leader Nick Clarke said: “This is an unprecedented event and we are delighted to be here,

“This Cabinet believes in action and we don’t shy away from action. We don’t stay between the confines of the Cambridge ring road.”

Cllr Clarke said there had been much negative publicity around Wisbech but it is now “time to turn the tide”.

He unveiled the ‘Wisbech 2020 Vision’, an idea that has been developed by himself, MP Steve Barclay and Cllr Alan Melton, leader of Fenland District Council.

It is planned to look at the town and work out its strengths and weaknesses before formulating a long-term plan of action.

But Cllr Clarke said: “This vision doesn’t belong to me or the town council. It must be owned and shared by the community.”

News of the ‘Wisbech 2020 Vision’ was welcomed by independent town councillor Virginia Bucknor, who presented a petition to Cabinet.

She was calling for a long-term action plan in Waterlees Ward, which is in the top ten per cent of deprived areas in England, and had presented a petition signed by more than 50 Waterlees residents.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Bucknor said it was positive news that county council are finally looking at Wisbech and she hopes the new ‘2020 Vision’ will get the result in Waterlees she and the residents want.

“Fenland has been pushing to get something done about Waterlees for years,” she said. “But throwing money at it hasn’t worked.

“We’re just glad that putting a petition in has got a promise out of them [Cabinet].”