Wisbech 2020 was set up to ensure that Wisbech has a long-term strategy across four main areas:

  1. Education and skills;
  2. Health;
  3. Well-being and cohesion, and;
  4. Infrastructure, the built environment and local economy.

It has already helped to deliver a number of positive schemes and improvements and continues to attract investment for a wide range of projects that are ensuring the town remains the Capital of the Fens.

Following this week’s Health and Wellbeing themed meeting held in the historic Town Council Offices, I wanted to update you on what was discussed.

  1. Wisbech has been awarded the Pride in Place scheme award. This has come from HRH Prince of Wales, Prince Charles’ charity, Business In the Community (BITC). This national award was given to Wisbech and Blackpool, this is fantastic news and all should be proud of the accolade as the Wisbech 2020 Vision model is being showcased as an example of best practice to other areas who are interested in joining the Pride of Place scheme.
  2. Work continues to tackle rogue landlords. As part of the on-going Wisbech 2020 work. The Government has allocated funding for the establishment of Housing Enforcement Officers who are taking a street by street approach, ensuring that Houses of Multiple Occupancy are being identified, tackling dangerous faults and failings and ensuring that residents are not being taken advantage of by landlords or agencies.
  3. A new literacy programme has been funded by Cambridgeshire County Council- Talking Together in Cambridgeshire- to address literacy issues in children starting school at Reception and Year 1 Level. The scheme has been funded for 5 years and will work in conjunction with Wisbech Town Council’s ‘Wisbech Reads’ Initiative. More information on the Wisbech Reads festival, set to run from 11-13 July 2018, will follow in due course.

I will ensure that you are kept up to date with the Wisbech 2020 Vision, but please do not hesitate to contact me with your comments, thoughts and questions on my email address: stephen.barclay.mp@parliament.uk

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