Welcome from the 2020/21 Mayor of Wisbech
Cllr Aigars Balsevics
The Mayor of Wisbech 2020-21 Cllr Aigars Balsevics
I, my fellow councillors and staff at Wisbech Town Council would like to express our immense sadness at the deaths of people from Covid-19, coupled with heartfelt condolences to the bereaved.
Our thoughts are with those who are laid low by the virus and we would like to send thanks to all those involved in their treatment, in work that keeps our country going and those who are undertaking research to find a cure and inoculations.
Deputy Mayor, Cllr Andrew Lynn.
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Posted: Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:30 by Tina
Communities Capital Fund allows Wisbech Town Council to 'crack on' with plans to revitalise Wisbech Market Place.
The Cambridgeshire Communities Capital Fund was launched on 1 April 2020, and set aside up to £5m to help support community projects across the county. The fund was also to support community led projects to improve health, wellbeing, social and economic opportunities in our communities. It was therefore an exciting opportunity for Wisbech Town Council to submit a bid for £150,000, match funded by WTC by £50,000 to regenerate and revitalise Wisbech Market Place. More »
The bid criteria was to assist in addressing issues with a specific priority for the local community, to address inequality of access to services or activities, and to implement community involvement in delivery or design of the project.
The bid was recommended to the County Council's Communities and Partnerships Committee meeting and the final decision was taken today, 6 August 2020, to approve the bid.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Miss Samantha Hoy, said, "Councillor Andrew Lynn, Chairman of the Market Place Committee, has been the lead on this project alongside Terry Jordan, Town Clerk. They have worked incredibly hard to ensure the market place renovation planning was creative, thoroughly thought out and allow customers, traders and businesses to all benefit". The only stumbling block has been access to funding which winning this bid had now addressed.
The Cambridgeshire Communities Capital Fund recognised that this project seeks to both improve the appearance of Wisbech Market Place and introduce new and improved facilities which will enhance its use as both a trading area and a community space. One of the key aspects to this project is to develop a pedestrianised zone (operating between 7.00 am and 4.00 pm within the Market Place area and, secondly, to prohibit car parking on the Market Place and to undertake physical works such as new seating and waste bins, re-paving, decorative water features, plus a feature to attract the public to want to spend time in that space.
By bringing people together, whether it be for retail activity or community activity, the Market Place plays an important role in improving community cohesion/integration and people's wellbeing and mental health. Making Wisbech Market Place a more inviting and welcoming place for people to spend time will bring many benefits to the community.
Councillor Lynn commented, "This vision is going to become a reality now, and with confirmation of this additional funding to make the project possible, the Town Council cannot wait to crack on with the work. Our next step will be to have further meetings with the Civil Engineers to finalise all of the the designs and obtain quotations to carry out the project". » Less
Posted: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 09:20 by Tina
Rainbow Boxes Boost for Families thanks to Wisbech Town Council and Clarion Futures
The Box of Rainbows initiative, created by Fenland-based organisation CCORRN, approached Wisbech Town Council for assistance in funding the project, which aims to provide a Rainbow Box of Activities including arts, crafts and sports resources for families in Wisbech.
The Town Council has awarded a grant of £4,500 to CCORRN, almost mirroring Clarion Futures' contribution of £5,000. Cambridgeshire Community Foundation has given £4200 and a host of other organisations have donated funds, support and resources to this worthy cause. More »
The funding from Wisbech Town Council comes just in time for National Children's Play Day, a celebration of children's right to play, which is usually held in parks and public spaces across the UK on the first Wednesday In August.
This year things are going to be a little different with social distancing measures likely to continue for quite some time.
Playday 2020 will be celebrated on Wednesday 5 August and the theme this year is "Everyday Freedoms Everyday Adventures". The Playday 2020 theme aims to highlight the importance of giving children and teenagers the freedom to play and have everyday adventures. Normally held at the Spinney Adventure Park in Waterlees, the 1000+ children and young people who normally attend will instead by encouraged to take part in online activities as well as the physical ones contained in the Box of Rainbows. Resources in the Rainbow Box include a celebration of old fashion fun games like skipping, hop scotch, den building, dressing up, playing with play dough, painting pebbles and junk modelling to name just a few.
The Leader of Wisbech Town Council, Councillor Miss Samantha Hoy said, "I am very pleased that Wisbech Town Council is able to support this initiative, which, I am sure, will bring smiles to the faces of children in Wisbech. It is disappointing that it has been necessary to cancel some of the council's community events and festivals, because of the Covid-19 pandemic; however, on a positive note, this has meant that the council has been able to fund other activities for children and families instead, such as Box of Rainbows".
To apply for your Rainbow Box, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, postcode and ages of your children.
Wisbech residents who have already requested a box via The Wisbech Adventure Playground Facebook page are already on the list and do not need to reapply.
In the event that there are more requests than boxes available, Boxes of rainbows will be allocated on a first come first served basis subject to the email containing the required information. Successful applicants will be emailed a voucher along with details about how and when to collect their box. » Less
Posted: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:42 by Tina
With the pandemic disrupting many avenues of support for local young people, Wisbech Town Council's Policy and Resources Committee was called upon to help make things a little easier for them.
Cambridgeshire County Council's Early Help Hub, who work with many families and young people in Wisbech, came up with an idea that would allow communication to be encouraged through creativity and music. It was hoped that musical instruments could be used as part of their work with young people to create opportunities for communication. Their application focused on the needs of young people who were at greater risk of isolation, social difficulties and in danger of disengaging from education. Wisbech Town Council have agreed to purchase musical instruments to the tune of £1000 and have set up a loan scheme. More »
The scheme will loan out the instruments as well as look to set up music sessions with those on the Hub's caseload. Councillor Miss Samantha Hoy said, "Our young people have had to endure so much during the last 3-4 months, losing out on education, being isolated from their friends and not having access to normal activities, and this is our way of giving a little something back. Music is the universal language and it crosses many barriers, we are hoping it helps cross the barrier installed by Covid-19".
The Early Help Hub said, "Remote sessions can be easier to set up when you are both developing a talent and the further aim is to use the instruments in work going forward on a 1-1 basis as well as groups when appropriate. These instruments will give years of joy to those we work with and they truly deserve a little something back during this difficult time." » Less