Fenland and East Cambs to get cash boost for market towns

County council leader Steve Count has welcomed the cash for market towns strategy of the combined authority

County council leader Steve Count has welcomed the cash for market towns strategy of the combined authority - Credit: JOHN ELWORTHY

Cash totalling £240,000 for Ely, £600,000 for Soham, £400,000 for Fenland, £900,000 for March, £324,000 for Whittlesey and £250,000 for Wisbech could be on its way. 

The money is part of £4.134m awarded by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CAPCA) in its latest round of support for market towns. 

Whittlesey, Wisbech, March, Chatteris, Ely, Soham, and Littleport are all included in current or recent funding bids. 

County council leader Steve Count said: “It’s been a long while since those people who live in these towns can remember any sort of attention paid to them at the expense of the cities. 

“The cities always seem to attract government funding, and are always at the front of the queue. 


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“I applaud the original reasoning behind this programme being that the towns cannot be ignored in this way as economic growth is there, they just need to be supported. 

“In March, where I live, the project is a fantastic opportunity and will totally transform the town and I can’t wait to see it come to transition.” 

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Latest projects include:  

Wisbech 

Footfall counters to install two within the Wisbech Market Place area to provide data which to measure the economic health of the town centre: £19,500 

Shop Watch Radio Scheme 
To implement a new (digital) Shop Watch Radio scheme in Wisbech, the aim of which is to make shoppers and retailers feel safe and secure in the town centre: £33,800 

Business Capital Grants Scheme 

To implement a Business Capital Grants Scheme for local businesses, to adapt new ways of working, protect local employment opportunities and help improve the local economy of Wisbech: £200,000 

Whittlesey 

Business Capital Grants Scheme  

To implement a Business Capital Grants Scheme for local businesses, to adapt new ways of working, protect local employment opportunities and help improve the local economy: £124,331 

March 

FHSF To provide market towns funds as match funding towards March Future High Streets Fund bid: £900,000 (with matched funding of £6,447,129) 

Fenland 

Fenland District Civil Parking Enforcement 

 To improve market town parking accessibility by seeking to introduce Civil Parking Enforcement across the Fenland District, ensuring towns remain vibrant and viable as shopping centres. £400,000 (match funding) 

East Cambridgeshire  

Ely Wayfaring and Digital Signage  

To support the installation of 18 city wide digital displays, to signpost the latest information, highlight educational and cultural events, and act as information points such as local business directories: £240,000 

Soham High Street Business Incubator (E-Space) 

To support the acquire and repurpose substantial building into a Soham town centre based commercial business hub and linking with E-Space Centres in Littleport and Ely. £400,000 (with matched funding of £600,000) 



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