Weddings, live music and a tea room could all be coming to Wisbech Castle as part of town council’s bid to secure its future
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Wisbech Town Council has unveiled a list of activities that could take place at Wisbech Castle in an attempt to secure its future.
The council has drawn up and delivered a list of activities to Cambridgeshire County Council which they think can help restore the castle to its former glory after it was threatened with closure in August last year.
Those activities include making it a venue for a music hub, hosting weddings and themed banquets, providing a location for filming, educational events and creating a tea room or café.
The town council was given four months to come up with a business plan for the castle after it was selected as the county council’s preferred bidder in October.
The bid came after the county council deemed it “no longer had an operational use” for the castle -which is said to have been built by William the Conqueror – and put it up for sale last summer.
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Since the town council’s bid was submitted, it has been working on a plan with help from community groups such as Wisbech Society, Wisbech in Bloom and the Ferry project, as well as meeting with the Heritage Lottery Fund to discuss possible funding for restoration works.
Councillor Samantha Hoy, who is leading on the project for Wisbech Town Council, said “Wisbech Town Council is taking this project, which is new territory for the town council, very seriously.
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“It is seeking to achieve a situation which is in the best interest of the people of Wisbech; providing a valuable community asset for the town, whilst not placing an unrealistic financial burden upon local taxpayers.”
The council has now been given more time to “develop” its business case with the help of county council resource workers.
“It is very pleasing that Cambridgeshire County Council is being so supportive of the work being undertaken by the town council in this matter. It seems clear that both councils wish to see a successful conclusion to this project,” added Cllr Hoy.