Wisbech 2020

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It was a pleasure to attend the 5th Wisbech 2020 Summit at Thomas Clarkson Academy. Over 100 representatives from public, private and voluntary sectors came together to celebrate and update what the project has achieved. This year this has included £6.5 million from the Combined Authority to progress the Garden Town project, including £500,000 to progress …

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Fenland and East Cambridgeshire Opportunity Area Chair Announced

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 I welcome the announcement that the new Chair of the Fenland and East Cambs Opportunity Area Partnership board will be Tricia Pritchard. Since the Department of Education’s announcement in January that Fenland and East Cambridgeshire were going to be one of just twelve areas in the country to be designated as an “Opportunity Area”, department …

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Update: Transport Infrastructure in Fenland

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Transport infrastructure is something constituents contact me about regularly, and I am pleased that our new Mayor of Cambridgeshire, James Palmer, has, under devolution, brought extra funding to this area for numerous projects. Funds are now being allocated by Mayor Palmer and so far this has included an extra £1.25 million to look at the …

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Co-operatives to save money thanks to change in audit requirements


Co-operatives could save up to £10K a year thanks to new government proposals requiring fewer of them to appoint an auditor. Co-operatives are mutually-owned businesses that are run by and for their members, and community benefit societies operated for the benefit of the community. Currently, co-operatives with a turnover of less than £5.6 million and assets …

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New questions have arisen with regard to the relationship between the LEP and Opportunity Peterborough, following further leaked papers


Following further leaked papers a number of new questions have arisen with regard to the relationship between the LEP and Opportunity Peterborough.   What date did the LEP first have concerns that the business engagement numbers for Opportunity Peterborough were incorrect and not those reported in their Quarterly returns? Was Mark Reeve informed in November …

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Fenland’s Derelict Buildings – 2 Years Later

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Back when I was first elected, I repeatedly questioned the lack of action to resolve the derelict Constantine House in Wisbech, only to be told the landlord refused to act. I found this unacceptable, and researched in the House of Commons library for a way to resolve this. I uncovered some old legislation called a …

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