WISBECH: Town council helps secure possible victory for new community centre

EXCLUSIVE By JOHN ELWORTHY TOWN council opposition to the demolition of the former Isle College appears to have scored a remarkable victory in the battle to secure a new community centre for Wisbech. Their opposition- which won support from Fenland Distri

EXCLUSIVE

By JOHN ELWORTHY

TOWN council opposition to the demolition of the former Isle College appears to have scored a remarkable victory in the battle to secure a new community centre for Wisbech.

Their opposition- which won support from Fenland District Council Planning Committee- could see a new 200-300 seater performance hall built at the Thomas Clarkson Community College.


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Details of the new centre are contained in an updated report to the planning committee following their rejection in May of plans for the re-development of the 12 acre Isle College site.

Principal among the objections was the loss of the community hall at the Isle College but in a report published this week, behind the scenes negotiations are shown to have reached a solution for a new hall.

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Fenland officers say they have been working with the county council and officials from the Building Schools for the Future initiative - which is spearheading a revamp of many Fenland schools.

"Discussions have been ongoing and a proposal is imminent" says a report to next week's planning committee.

It is expected that a scheme will be put to Cabinet in September for a new hall at the Thomas Clarkson which will provide a "versatile dedicated performance centre." The new centre will have tiered seating lighting, acoustics and versatile seating will enable a community space to be created.

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