Category Archives: North Ward / Waterlees

New Wisbech skate park project launched

New Wisbech skate park project launched

Hopes for a new and improved skate park for Wisbech are gathering pace with the launch of a new project involving the local community.

Wisbech Town Council, Fenland District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and local housing provider Clarion Futures will be working with residents and the Oasis Community Centre to develop and fund a new skate park in Bath Road on the Waterlees ward.

The old skate park had reached the end of its useful life, with all the old equipment being removed by Fenland District Council earlier this year due to safety concerns.

Project leaders said the move was disappointing for local youngsters, but represented a “real opportunity” to offer a new and improved facility for the whole community.

Wisbech Town Council has agreed Fenland District Council set aside £35,000 for the project from Section 106 funding, which will be used to attract further investment and funding from other sources. Fenland District Council will also contribute £5,000, along with ongoing skate park maintenance and safety assessment costs.

Fenland’s open spaces team will also provide its expertise to help deliver the new facility, alongside the engineering team once an agreed skate park build commences.

The project group has begun applying to various funders for support, and will be fundraising within the local community.
Wisbech Town Councillor Laura Cobb, who is leading the town council’s support for the project with fellow town councillors, said: “We have many young people living very close to this area and they tell me that an improved facility is necessary. This is a place where young people gather, enjoy themselves and help create the community that we enjoy. This project is crucial to the area, as well as wider Wisbech communities, and I hope that we can deliver a fantastic skate park by the summer holidays next year.”

A community group is also being set up to back the project, which has also been supported with £500 from Wisbech Town Council’s Mayor’s Fund.

Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “This project has considerable community backing and I am pleased that Fenland is getting a large group together to push this important community project along. We have seen the success of similar projects across Fenland and given the number of young people living in this area I expect that this new skate park will be the busiest yet.”

Local businesses are also being urged to support the project.

Relaunch promotes Community House services

FENLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL

PRESS RELEASE

November 3, 2017

Relaunch promotes Community House services

A project which helps residents to overcome barriers to skills, training and employment has been relaunched in a bid to reach more people in need.

Wisbech Community House relaunched its employability services on Monday (October 30) to raise greater awareness of the support available – and revealed exciting plans for the year ahead.

Local groups, partner organisations, charities and councillors were invited to the event to hear first-hand from staff, volunteers and clients how the project is making a huge difference to people’s lives; helping them to gain confidence and skills and move on to find work and training placements.

Guests were also encouraged to make the most of the services on offer by referring people for help, with many pledging to spread the message throughout the community.

Fenland District Council, which runs the house in Southwell Road, launched the employability project two years ago when funding from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) secured the future of the facility until April 2017.

When the DWP funding ceased, the Clarion Housing Group stepped into help – pledging grant funding for 12 months until April 2018.

The Clarion funding has a broad criteria, meaning Community House can offer the support to any individuals who are unemployed, economically inactive and seeking work, from any housing association and also property owners on any kind of benefit.

Relaunching the services, Councillor Mike Cornwell, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: “The funding enables Community House to continue and build on the employability project, ensuring it can carry on providing vital support to many people who are in most need. The work at Community House changes people’s lives, and it’s great to see that recognised by Clarion.”

Wisbech town councillor Andrew Lynn was among those pledging support at the event, saying he would contact local businesses and encourage them to offer work experience placements to Community House clients.

“If we get businesses on board, we can get more people into work and help turn more lives around,” he said.

Community House client Gilly Barnes, said: “It was a really positive day and lovely to see so many people from the community giving their support.”

Gilly, who also helps out at the house as a volunteer, added: “Helping out at the house has really helped build my confidence and enabled me to work with a positive attitude.”

North Ward / Waterlees Has Three New Councillors

North Ward / Waterlees Has Three New Councillors

Following the abrupt and expensive resignations of Cllrs Lay, Bucknor and Bucknor from Wisbech Town Council, a by-election has been held to find three replacements.

The political battleground was a straight duel between Labour and the Conservatives.

Labour threw everything and the kitchen sink at it.  Volunteers were drafted in from far and wide and the most comprehensive campaign I’ve seen them run in recent years took place.

I think that letting the Bucknors have a free ride for years has seriously harmed their base in the area, because despite giving it their best and throwing lots of resources at it, they failed to make the mark they hoped.  Nevertheless, they ran a clean campaign and did not get bogged down in the nastiness and vitriol seen from other quarters.  They can be proud of their part in a well-fought and fair by-election.

I am pleased and proud that all three seats were won, comfortably, by the three Conservative candidates; Andy Maul, Laura Cobb and Andrew Lynn.  All three are completely fresh faces to the local political scene and I am looking forwards to working with them for many years to come.

The Spinney Fun Day 2017

The Spinney Fun Day 2017

I had a fantastic day at the Spinney.  First opening the new pagoda that was donated by the Clarion/Circle group and then being the DJ for crowds of excited kids throughout the day.

I enjoyed last year’s event too, but this year was exceptional.  Particularly good fun was the water slide, made from simple materials on the little zip wire hill.  Laughing happy kids covered in mud and soaking wet ran about the place in a frenzy of fun activity.

North Ward / Waterlees By-Election, Part 2

North Ward / Waterlees By-Election, Part 2

Just returned from a hectic afternoon canvassing with the North Ward / Waterlees Conservative team.
 
There was a huge pack of us out today and we managed to canvass and leaflet a large area.
 
This campaign is a lot of fun as everybody seems to know all three of our candidates so well. Not sure I’ve ever been on a campaign where the candidates seem to know every person, their partner, their kids, their grandparents in quite this way before :) But its brilliant to be working with such a passionate and LOCAL team.
 

North Ward / Waterlees August 2017 Campaign Begins

North Ward / Waterlees August 2017 Campaign Begins
Campaigning started for the North Ward / Waterlees By-Election today.
 
It was a nice day for the North Ward Team to be out and about and we encountered many local people on our rounds.
 
The atmosphere remains upbeat and positive as it was in May. Things are really changing now and I think people recognise that.
 
Looking forward to getting Andy Maul, Andrew Lynn and Laura Cobb elected! That will be such a strong team. Alongside Billy Rackley and I, we will be able to really get things done.
 
Thanks to the people we met en route. Looking forward to seeing many, many more people in the month ahead and introducing them to our three excellent Conservative candidates.

Thank You, North Ward

Thank You, North Ward

Thanks to the residents of North Ward / Waterlees who turned up for the Coffee Morning with Councillors today.

It was a very relaxed and enjoyable natter in which we tried our best to put the world to rights over biscuits and cake.

Looking forward to the next one!

Coffee with Councillors

Waterlees / North Ward Coffee Morning

Waterlees / North Ward Coffee Morning
 
If you live in North Ward / Waterlees in Wisbech, I hope you will consider joining myself and Cllr Billy Rackley tomorrow morning for our Councillors’ Coffee Morning.
 
As this is a Councillor event, or course there is no charge or anything like that.
 
The short event is being held in Oasis Centre, in the youth room. It starts at 10AM and finishes at Midday. You can drop in any time, you don’t need an appointment or anything.
 
Tea, Coffee and Cake will all be provided by us.
 
The purpose of the event is to give residents of the area an opportunity to chat to Billy and I, and to each other. You can raise issues that concern you, suggest ideas or improvements, or just generally natter and enjoy a nice cuppa.
 
Please do come along, you will be very welcome and we will be pleased to see you.

North Ward / Waterlees By-Election

North Ward / Waterlees By-Election

Wisbech Conservatives did not want three by-elections in August.

We’ve already had enough elections this year.
We didn’t want to have to spend thousands of pounds of taxpayer’s money on another one. It could have been better spent on the actual town than another election
.
Nevertheless, Alan Lay decided he was too old to go on, and the Bucknors quit out of the blue also. So we have had no choice but to find candidates.
 
But they say every cloud has a silver lining and this particular silver lining is a great one. Because we have three FANTASTIC Conservative candidates for Waterlees/North Ward.
 
People say they want local candidates, people who are known in the area and who know the area. People who understand the local issues and are invested in the community.
 
We have three people exactly like that. Three candidates who we are sure will work very hard for North Ward / Waterlees. Three candidates who can join Billy Rackley (at Town Council) and Steve Tierney (as the County Councillor) to finally begin to deliver the services and support that local people deserve.
 
Andrew Lynn – Born and Bred in North Ward / Waterlees. Proud Son of Wisbech. Has worked for years with the homeless and is a foster carer.
 
Andy Maul – Proprietor of Bygones Cafe, the much-loved diner in the town centre. Well known and well-respected by his friends and customers, Andy wants to work with Wisbech Town Council to return the Market Place to glory, investing in and growing what it offers for everybody.
 
Laura Cobb – Teaching Assistant at Orchards School. Born n’ Bred North Ward / Waterlees, friendly, helpful and approachable. Laura is keen to see more services for families and children, in particular the rebuilding and expansion of the Skate Park in the ward.
 
These are the three candidates that have been selected to represent the Conservatives in the by-election at the end of August. More information will be forthcoming as the campaign progresses, of course.
 
But that’s a *strong* team, isn’t it? A strong team for North Ward / Waterlees. A strong team for the Town Council. A strong team for Wisbech.