WISBECH: Park set for £1.5million worth of improvements, but residents may have to contribute

PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 June 2010

Wisebch Park May 2008

Wisebch Park May 2008

Story by: JOHN ELWORTHY RESIDENTS may be asked to contribute £50,000 spread over two years to help pay towards a £1.5 million package of improvements for Wisbech Park. Heritage Lottery funding will pay 45 per cent of the overall costs with Fenland Distric

Story by: JOHN ELWORTHY

RESIDENTS may be asked to contribute £50,000 spread over two years to help pay towards a £1.5 million package of improvements for Wisbech Park.

Heritage Lottery funding will pay 45 per cent of the overall costs with Fenland District Council picking up bulk of the remainder, town councillors were told.

"FDC are hoping that the town council will be able to contribute financial support for the heritage project spread over two years at a cost of £25,000 each year," says a report from the town council.

Councillors heard that a decision on stage one of the scheme, is expected in March and this will determine whether stage two may be submitted.

This later stage could take six months to prepare.

"The first stage was prepared at a cost of £45,000 consultancy fees," says the report. "If the bid is successful the lottery will accept this expenditure as part of FDC's match funding commitment."

Town councillors heard that the options included:

Repair of the bandstand,

Repair of the monument,

Repair of railings, tree management, entrance improvements, replacement of lighting and some paths,

New play equipment- in existing play area, and

New community facilities such as toilets, café, changing rooms, park rangers and meeting place.

Councillors heard that options not included, which would need funding from elsewhere, include a skate park, a bowling green, new tennis courts, basketball facilities, more CCTV, and a putting course.

"Members were particularly disappointed that there were not more facilities for young people, especially the skate park," notes the report.

Town councillors also complained that they had not been invited to the final meeting of the group which decided which projects should be axed from the overall scheme.


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