WISBECH: At last the breakthrough everyone's been hoping for on the Market Place

PUBLISHED: 12:21 20 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 June 2010

Outline of the option now to be considered. 0901SM18

Outline of the option now to be considered. 0901SM18

By JOHN ELWORTHY UNANIMITY over the future of Wisbech Market Place looked increasingly likely today after a new report supported plans to go for pedestrianisation with restricted access. Trevor Watson, engineering services manager of Fenland District Cou

By JOHN ELWORTHY

UNANIMITY over the future of Wisbech Market Place looked increasingly likely today after a new report supported plans to go for pedestrianisation with restricted access.

Trevor Watson, engineering services manager of Fenland District Council, pinpoints rapidly emerging support to end the decades long impasse over traffic chaos on the Market Place.

His report, to be considered by the Fenland Traffic Management Area Joint Committee on Friday, says it's now time for the public to have their say before a final decision is taken in July.

Mr Watson says a working group set up by the area joint committee supports the restricted access option favoured by Fenland District Council.

If approved it will mean:

n Restricted access to High Street/Hill Street/ Union Street

n Controlled access to the Market Place area

n Possible introduction of evening and Sunday parking in the Market square

n Blue badge parking provision

Five options were first put to the area joint committee last October and these were handed to a working group comprising of four councillors who were asked to identify two options for further consideration.

Mr Watson says in his report that speed was of the essence to ensure funding allocated by the county council to implement a scheme should not be lost. He also pointed out the "genuinely held differences of opinion within Wisbech about the best solution to the issue."

Since October the matter has been debated by Fenland Council Cabinet and now the working group is recommending the same option.

"The working group believe that in the light of the Fenland District Council Cabinet decision, it is appropriate to recommend this single option but that the consultation should be as robust as possible and focus on the key issue," said Mr Watson.

Louise Collier, Head of Network Management for the county council, said: "We have set aside £25,000 for the scheme which will also be funded by Fenland District Council. This could be revised depending on what the final scheme is, so it can be delivered.


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