Wisbech urged to fight for under threat community service

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People living in Wisbech are being urged to come out and fight for a community service which is under threat.

Fenland District Council is considering closing Community House in Waterlees and transferring the services to the Oasis Centre as part of a cost-cutting proposal.

Last week the cabinet agreed to run a 12-week public consultation on the Community House proposal along with reducing the Youth Council grant from £10,000 to £7,500.

Michael and Virginia Bucknor, ward councillors, will be inviting cabinet members to the Waterlees forum meeting on Thursday, October 16, at the Oasis Centre from 7pm and are encouraging residents to attend the meeting, as well.

Mrs Bucknor said: “This is the most deprived ward in Cambridgeshire.

“It has the greatest need and they are just putting a line through it.

“We don’t understand the type of logic that thinks it would be okay to destroy an asset that is like a glue, holding together a fragile structure.

“Waterlees is a multicultural, multilingual mix of people with a mixture of needs – the Community House is the interface that helps keep the structure bonded.

“If people want to keep the services they need to come along and express their views.”

The district council gives £50,000 a year to the scheme, which engaged with 850 people last year.

Community House provides drop-in help along with formal structured activities.

It works closely with youth teams, Citizens Advice Bureau and Making Money Count.

Last week Fenland District Council cabinet member Mike Cornwell stressed no firm proposal has been made for Community House but said the proposals seek to use the council’s resources effectively.