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    Cllr Samantha Hoy

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Wisbech is widely known as the Capital of the Fens and is home to a quarter of all Fenland's residents. It is renowned for its elegant Georgian architecture and its people are justly proud of its history and traditions. But today the town is also facing many tough challenges.

Introducing the Wisbech 2020 Vision

The Wisbech 2020 Vision was announced in 2012. Its aim is to regenerate the town and its surrounding area - making it "a great place to work, live and visit."

It is a joint project, led from the outset by the Leaders of Fenland District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council and Stephen Barclay, MP for North-East Cambridgeshire. It also involves a wide range of partners.

The Vision was formally launched in January 2013. This saw a detailed Action Plan being published which set out 29 short, medium and long-term actions. 

Progress and evolution

As time has passed, the Wisbech 2020 Strategy has been updated. The original themes (2013) of live, work and visit were replaced with infrastructure and growth, town centre, skills and education, health and wellbeing and communication (2015). These changes reflected the evolution of circumstances in Wisbech and recognised that a greater focus was needed on social issues. 

A lot has been achieved so far, and many of the actions within the first two versions of the strategy have been delivered. These include:

  • Agreeing a deal with a local developer to re-start the Nene Waterfront scheme (2013)
  • Becoming part of the national Healthy High Streets programme (2014)
  • Approval of £300million investment for A47 improvements, including the Guyhirn Roundabout (2014)
  • Constantine House being made wind and weather-proof (2015)

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Other actions are ongoing and some have fallen away as the situation has changed around them. Annual 'summit meetings', comprised of councillors, business leaders and community group representatives, continue to monitor progress and identify new areas of focus. 

As time has passed, other major initiatives have emerged which are progressing in parallel to the Wisbech 2020 Vision. These include:

  • Receipt of a £2million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to improve buildings on Wisbech High Street
  • A successful devolution deal, resulting in the launch of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority
  • The possibility of a Wisbech Garden Town which could deliver 8,000-10,000 new homes, better transport links, jobs and improved educational facilities