Wisbech Conservation area ‘at risk’

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A historic area in Wisbech has been placed on the at risk register by English Heritage.

Wisbech’s town centre conservation area has been added to the register, which was released last week.

But volunteers in the town are now hoping that the move will help to attract more investment to help improve and restore the historic buildings.

The conservation area includes Market Place, The Crescent area, Old Market Place, Norfolk Street and the South and North Brinks.

Surveyors from English Heritage have listed the condition of some buildings in the historic core as “very poor”.

Wisbech Society’s chairman Ray Johnson said: “This is a very important step to get the conservation area recognised as being at risk.

“This is important from our point of view as it helps us to access funding.”

Plans are already in the pipeline to improve the town’s High Street as a £2 million Heritage Lottery application has been submitted.

The society, Fenland District Council, Wisbech Town Council and other organisations are working on the bid to help renovate some of the shops.

Mr Johnson said: “This will also highlight that English Heritage are watching the area.”

St Wendreda’s Church in March has also been placed on the at risk register.

The church is waiting to find out the results of a Heritage Lottery Application to repair the south parapet, which needs an estimated £30,000 worth of repairs.

The Rev Clifford Stocking said: “The building is 1,000 years old and is always going to need repair.

“People work very hard to look after the building. A couple of years ago, parishoners paid for a new floor and underfloor heating.

“We are always open to funding.”