WISBECH PARK SET FOR LED LIGHTING UPGRADE Street lighting is going green in Wisbech Park in a bid to save energy, increase public safety and improve reliability. Fenland District Council is investing £12,800 replacing 12 existing street lights in the park with new lights using the latest, energy efficient LED technology. The upgrade is being carried out as part of the Council’s street light replacement programme and is scheduled to start next month. The Council will also be installing six new LED lights in the park at a cost of £10,400, with £4,000 of the funding coming from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme. Cllr Peter Murphy, the Council’s Cabinet member responsible for parks and open spaces, said: “The LED lights will improve visibility, keep the park safe and well-lit for pedestrians and use 50 per cent less energy than conventional lamps. They will also
reduce the number of lighting faults due to the LED’s reliability and reduce maintenance costs.” The Bags of Help funding was awarded to the Council’s Active Fenland team and the Three Counties Running Club following their bid to secure additional lighting for the park. Hundreds of shoppers voted for the initiative during a round of Bags of Help voting at Tesco Extra in Wisbech last year. Grants of £1k, £2k and £4k were available to three local community projects, with the Wisbech Park project scooping the top amount. Three Counties coaches Gary Bligh and Richard Betts worked with Lauren Bremner, Active Fenland’s Senior Health and Active Lifestyle Officer, to secure the Tesco funding. “This is great news for everyone in Wisbech,” said Gary. “A safer, betterlit park works for the whole community and will also give local running clubs
a safer place to train during the dark evenings in winter.” “It was great to see the whole club pull together to ensure we won Tesco Bags of Help funding to contribute to the cost of the lights,” added Richard. “We are especially pleased that our Monday night ‘Trackless’ sessions with Active Fenland can now move to the park and away from the Police Station area that is becoming more developed.” • The ‘Trackless’ running sessions are held on Monday nights, 7pm-8pm, and are open to runners of all abilities. • Beginners running sessions are held on Tuesday mornings, 9.30am10.30am, and Wednesday evenings, 6pm-7pm. • For more information, visit: www.threecountiesrc.org
COUNCIL’S NEW CUSTOMER SERVICES CENTRE TO OPEN THIS MONTH Residents who would like to access council services and speak with friendly advisors face to face will be able to drop into a new Customer Services Centre from this month. Fenland District Council’s new centre will open its doors at The Boathouse Business Centre in Harbour Square, Wisbech, on Wednesday, July 10. It will replace the one stop shop in Bridge Street, Wisbech, which closes on Friday, July 5. The centre will be able to provide local residents with advice and information on all council services, including council tax, benefits, waste collections, homelessness, housing, planning and licensing. Facilities include a payment point for people to pay their bills quickly and easily, self-service computers where people can conduct their business online, as well as face to face customer service with trained and uniformed staff. The Boathouse also has disabled access, free parking and is just a short walk from the town centre. The new customer service centre will be open between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 12noon on Saturdays. Cllr Steve Tierney, Fenland District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Transformation and Communication, said: “Our new Customer Services Centre will benefit the local community greatly, providing access to a wide range of council services from one easy to reach location and at a reduced cost to the taxpayer.
“Many people are able to find the information they need or conduct their business online via our website or by calling or emailing us, but it is important that we continue to provide a high quality, face to face service with our staff.” Residents can also access services in a number of other ways. This includes online at www.fenland.gov.uk, by phone on 01354 654321, email at email@example.com and face to face at the Council’s Customer Services Centre at Fenland Hall, March, and Community Hubs located within Chatteris and Whittlesey Libraries. The Fens | July 2019
The Fens July issue features an interview with Fenland artist Nick Tearle and we visit Ayscoughfee Hall