Why we aim to champion Wisbech, its good name and its reputation

PUBLISHED: 15:55 09 February 2012

Wisbech Standard front cover w/e February 10, 2012

Wisbech Standard front cover w/e February 10, 2012


MAKE no mistake- Wisbech is now one angry town.


IT is a quite remarkable move by Cambridgeshire County Council to hold their March Cabinet meeting in Wisbech.

And this won’t be any old Cabinet meeting but a full day out, meet the people, charabanc that could be a key catalyst in the movement for improvement and change in Wisbech and the Fens.

Full marks then to council leader Nick Clarke winning over his colleagues as they prepare to move council affairs to Wisbech for one day only.

Let’s not be foolish and pretend that Wisbech is going to extract extra cash as a result or that Fenland is going to be treated with undue reverence or status as a consequence. But let’s accept it for what it is and that is a genuine bid by Cllr Clarke and his colleagues to engage with a deserving community.

The problems and issues facing Wisbech are numerous and well documented and Cambridgeshire County Council has noticed our existence, has spotted our potential and has begun a massive programme of investment here.

By bringing his most senior colleagues to the town- and senior officers too- the opportunity will be there for people to meet with them and to engage in a democratic initiative we are proud to have played a part in achieving.

We’ll tell you next week how you can see the county council in action: this is a historic moment for the town that deserves everyone’s support.

From the town clerk to the Wisbech Society to the MP and to Fenland and Cambridgeshire councils the fight back has begun.

Its reputation sullied by a national paper, many in Wisbech say not only did the critics get it wrong but they ignored a town is truly alive, well and flourishing.

In a special report, spread across pages 1,2,3,4,5 and 6 the Wisbech Standard opens its columns to those determined to protect the town and to champion its good name and reputation.

And contained within the rhetoric is a minefield of innovation and enterprise- some that’s already happening, some that is yet to come and some that we can but only dream about.


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