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Wisbech named in Royal pride campaign

Posted: Tue, 06 Feb 2018 18:54 by Susanah Farmer

An ambitious community vision to build a better future in Wisbech has become a blueprint for regeneration after being nationally recognised by one of The Prince's Charities.Wisbech has been named a pilot 'Pride of Place' town by Business in the Community (BITC), the Responsible Business Network of HRH The Prince of Wales, in recognition ofregeneration work being delivered through the Wisbech 2020 Vision.BITC said since the Vision was borne in 2013, the collaborative approach between public, private, charitable and community sectors has been "instrumental in delivering great progress" including:Wisbech rail link now in the County Transport Plan and third stage of Network Rail Assessment to commence.Wisbech Garden Town proposal for 12,000 new homes supported by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority with £6.5 million.Innovative Dutch flood modelling proposal to overcome Garden Town project's flood risk set to begin – with €55,000 of financial support from the Dutch Government.Attracting £1.9 million of Heritage Lottery funding to regenerate Wisbech High StreetWisbech is now part of the national Healthy High Streets programme.Pride of Place is a new BITC campaign which celebrates partnership-led development and regeneration, and shares best practice to help other communities improve.Wisbech and Blackpool are the first two towns to join the programme, with a national application and selection process for future locations being rolled out this year.Jane Pritchard, BITC Enterprise and Culture Director, said: "Five years on, as this unique Vision partnership with environmental sustainability at its heart develops, we are delighted that it will join the Pride of Place initiative to ensure we can share their experience, ideas and challenges with others and develop and grow the numbers of places involved."Cllr John Clark, Fenland District Council leader and Wisbech 2020 Core Vision Group member, said: "Being selected to join Pride of Place as a pilot town is fantastic news for Wisbech and testament to what has been achieved through the Wisbech 2020 Vision."Vision partners and stakeholders are passionate about working together for the good of the town and we are having more of an impact than ever before."The Wisbech 2020 Vision was launched in January 2013 following discussions between the leaders of Fenland District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council, along with SteveBarclay, the MP for North East Cambridgeshire. They agreed Wisbech was facing manytough and complex social challenges and that public bodies and private sector partnersneeded to think differently to deliver a more prosperous future.A detailed action plan was drawn up and partners including Anglian Water, Wisbech Town Council, the College of West Anglia, the Thomas Clarkson Academy, Peckover PrimarySchool and The Ferry Project joined the driving force – creating and delivering a number of short and long-term strategic inventions.In October 2017 Fenland District Council and the Vision team refreshed the Wisbech 2020 Vision, with a focus on Education and Skills, Health, Wellbeing and Cohesion, Infrastructure and Built Environment and The Local Economy. A programme of work is now underway with the long-term ambition to improve transport, build local skills, increase tourism and boost retail, create new jobs and more homes.Click here for more information on the scheme

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