Widely known as the Capital of the Fens, Wisbech 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 Council 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
The Vision has continued to evolve with other stakeholders joining, including Anglian Water and its partner companies.
Each year councillors, business leaders and community group representatives come together in "summit meetings" to monitor progress.
A series of key documents have been produced. These include the initial Vision document with the 29-point Action Plan (2013), Infrastructure for Growth (2014) and Wisbech: Beyond 2020 (2015).
In 2016, a new "Big Idea" emerged: a proposal for a "Wisbech Garden Town". This could bring 8,000 - 10,000 new homes to the area together with better transport links, jobs and improved education and skills training for local people.