The Gap in Wisbech left to right Steve Barclay MP, Taleyna Fletcher, Gary Garford and David Oliver

After securing a £1.9 million grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the dilapidated building which was formerly Cook’s Butchers is to be transformed into a multi-use public viewing platform after standing empty for over 30 years.

The project named ‘The Gap’ is estimated to cost in the region of £300,000-£350,000, with the rest of the grant ring-fenced to create new flats and shops and restoring a number of other High Street buildings.

I have consistently campaigned against derelict buildings and I am pleased to see this forward-thinking, fun design replace an existing eyesore with a place that will have a wide range of community uses and benefits.

I recently met with Taleyna Fletcher, the heritage officer who is driving ‘The Gap’ project who explained that the space could be used for a variety of events and activities, such as craft workshops, art and photography exhibitions and drama performances, as well as be privately hired for parties, functions, business and corporate launches or events.

I am looking forward to seeing the improvements made to Wisbech High Street as well as more action on the derelict buildings, which in turn will help improve the quality of our community and boost the town’s economy and tourism prospects.

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