WISBECH: Still concerns over community hall plan

I REFER to your Exclusive published on the front page of the September 19 edition of the Wisbech Standard. In paragraph two you refer to Fenland District Council Cabinet honouring a pledge made to Wisbech town councillors for dropping oppositi

I REFER to your "Exclusive" published on the front page of the September 19 edition of the Wisbech Standard.

In paragraph two you refer to Fenland District Council Cabinet honouring a ''pledge made to Wisbech town councillors for dropping opposition to demolition of the town's Isle College and the subsequent loss of a public hall'' in relation to the proposed provision of a public hall at the Thomas Clarkson Community College.

I must point out to you that that this section of the ''exclusive' is extremely misleading.

Representatives of Wisbech Town Council have met with the applicants of the two College of West Anglia applications and various agencies on a number of occasions. At each of those meetings members voiced their concerns about both applications which they considered inappropriate for a number of reasons.


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Only one of which was the loss of the hall, which for many years has housed functions for members of the public.

In addition members had reservations about the provision of adequate schooling and medical facilities to support the large scale proposed housing developments on Ramnoth Road and Elm Road.

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Members also felt that the proposal from Cambridgeshire County Council Highways Division for the modifications to the Ramnoth Road/Elm Road junction would be ineffective.

Both these outline applications have been granted despite the objections recorded at Wisbech Town Council planning meetings and personal submissions by members of the Town Planning Committee, who attended the Fenland planning meetings when these applications were considered.

Members do not consider that their concerns have been addressed and are still seeking clarification on certain aspects of these applications.

Of course we are extremely pleased that we may still have a hall in Wisbech for use by the public, but at no time have we agreed to some sort of trade-off with Fenland Cabinet in order to secure one.

The suggestion that we have done so pays a disservice to councillors, who have been consistent in their approach by treating these two large scale applications in the same way as any other application by judging them on their merits and representing the views of local residents.

I would ask that you put the record straight on this matter at the earliest opportunity.

CLLR T WRIGHT

Chairman

Wisbech Town Council Planning Committee

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