Wisbech town centre set for £2m make over

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

Wisbech town centre could be in line for an estimated 
£2 million make-over if a Lottery bid comes together.

The run-down fronts of three shops in the High Street could be refreshed over the next three years if the Heritage Lottery fund application is given the green light.

The scheme could improve eyesores, such as the remains of the Cook’s Butchers shop, along with creating much-needed housing in the flats above other sites.

Fenland District Council is working with groups in the town along with Cambridge-based consultants, Ingham Pinnock Associates, on the Wisbech Dilapidated Building project.

The scheme is hoped to bring about a new dawn for the town centre by encouraging more investment along with promoting the town’s rich heritage.

Shoppers and residents will be able to have their say when the people behind the project run an information stand in the town centre tomorrow and Saturday.

Corporate director Gary Garford said: “The High Street needs some serious TLC. We want to raise the profile of Wisbech’s heritage but also its shopping and commercial areas.

“We want to make it more attractive to persuade more investment and to give the town’s shopping area a high profile and confidence.

“It is not just about improving buildings but also about getting them occupied.

“We want to make it a place where people want to live and work.”

An initial application is to be submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund in August and the council is due to hear the results in the new year. A further detailed application will then have to be submitted.

Shops such as 11 and 12 High Street are earmarked for improvements if the plans come off, along with making Cook’s Butchers – which was destroyed in an arson attack – into an activity space.

Kate Pinnock, director of Ingham Pinnock Associates, said: “Wisbech is one of the finest examples of a Georgian town in the country – and people don’t realise that.”

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