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

PUBLISHED: 19:50 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 08:33 02 June 2010

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.

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.

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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