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 Wisbech Rail to its next stage and €55,000 from the Dutch Government for pioneering flood work to build a “climate change resilient town of the future”. These are just two examples of the fantastic work being done by Wisbech 2020.
The summit also hosted several exhibition stands which showcased all the hard work of community groups in Wisbech. I even had the opportunity to take part in Tim Mann’s Crowded Room project.
I was particularly in agreement with Cllr Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council and Cllr Peter Topping, Leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council who spoke about the importance of narrowing the gap between Fenland and the South of the County through improved transport links.
I would like to thank all who presented at the event, especially the pupils from Peckover School and Head Boy and Head Girl of Thomas Clarkson Academy.