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New fountain installed following vandalism

New fountain installed following vandalism

(Press Release from FDC)

A new fountain is flowing at Wisbech’s St Peter’s Church gardens, replacing the one destroyed by vandals six weeks ago.

Residents and visitors alike have welcomed the new water feature, which was officially switched-on during the Wisbech Rose Fair on Thursday.

Fenland District Council set about replacing the fountain and completely renovating the pond at the same time after the vandalism in May caused extensive damage.

A replica of the original 1963 fountain was chosen and the pond fish were temporarily rehomed before the authority’s contactor ISS Landscaping got to work.

A new pump and filtration system were fitted and the pond was repaired and brightened up with specialist paint. The fountain was then installed and the pond filled ready for the fish to be carefully brought back home.

The new feature was officially switched-on by Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, who was joined on the day by Bob Ollier, the council’s Parks and Open Spaces Manager and Wisbech Mayor Steve Tierney, along with representatives from ISS Landscaping, the Town Council and Wisbech In Bloom.

“It’s lovely to see the fountain taking pride of place once again,” said Cllr Murphy. “I hope it will be enjoyed by many, and respected and looked after for years to come.”

Cllr Tierney said a lot of thought had gone into the process of getting the fountain replaced. “The pond has a bright new colour and the replica 1963 fountain shows the traditions of the town have been taken into consideration as well. Long may it be enjoyed.”