Area Category: Fenland

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Relocated Chatteris museum opens as part of Combined Authority market towns improvement

There were celebrations in Chatteris to mark the opening of the town’s relocated museum, supported with funding from the Combined Authority and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. On Saturday Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Dr Nik Johnson and Deputy Mayor Cllr Anna Smith joined the Mayor of Chatteris Cllr Anne Hay, Combined Authority Business Board […]

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New community Pavilion opens for Wisbech Park

Deputy Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Cllr Anna Smith, thanked everyone  involved when she joined town and district council partners for the opening of a state-of-the-art community Pavilion in historic Wisbech park. The inclusive new facility creates a welcoming community space within the market town’s beautiful park. Seven months after construction began, the people who […]

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Wisbech Park community pavilion nearly finished

Wisbech Park’s new community pavilion is taking shape as construction work on the eagerly anticipated facility nears completion – thanks in part to funding from the Combined Authority. The project contractor Probus expects to finish work on the £851,000 construction phase in mid-December, ready to hand over to Wisbech Town Council in the New Year. […]

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The Princess Royal opens Combined Authority-funded state of the art training centre in Chatteris

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal officially opened the North Cambridgeshire Training Centre (NCTC) in Chatteris on Wednesday (November 29) The centre, funded by £3.16 million in Local Growth Funds from the Combined Authority Business Board, is run by the Eastern Education Group and was set up to support people of all ages to gain […]

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Mayor dons wellies for Wisbech Community Farm visit

Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Dr Nik Johnson has visited a Wisbech community farm recently awarded funding from the Combined Authority’s Market Towns Programme. People and Animals UK received £225,761 to create a new social enterprise hub at Wisbech Community Farm. The space will offer room for themed workshops to support a range of local […]

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‘Art of the possible’ looked at for Wisbech, says Network Rail

Hopes for improving Wisbech connectivity came to the fore this week when members of the Combined Authority’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee heard from Network Rail that there was a ‘strong strategic case’ for Wisbech rail but that the ‘art of the possible’ would be key. The Combined Authority has engaged Network Rail to undertake a […]

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Combined Authority helps Whittlesey take traffic-beating plans forward

Plans to tackle transport issues and boost economic growth in the market town of Whittlesey have taken a step forward thanks to Combined Authority funding. Following the establishment of a Whittlesey Relief Road project board earlier this year, consultant Mott MacDonald has been appointed by Fenland District Council to lead the development of a Strategic […]

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Carbon Net Zero Training Centre to deliver hundreds of green skills opportunities

A project to build a training centre in Fenland supporting a range of courses in the green skills demanded for a net zero carbon future continues to move forward. The Carbon Net Zero Skills Centre has been given £2 million in funding by the Combined Authority to enable the College of West Anglia (CWA) to […]

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Mayor Dr Nik Johnson statement: Route 36 Bus Service

The below is a statement by Mayor Dr Nik Johnson on the future of the Route 36 bus service and the work being done to mitigate the impact of the changes:  Mayor Dr Nik Johnson said: “Ever since Stagecoach made the Combined Authority aware on 18th May 2023 that they were making changes to their Peterborough […]

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Wisbech High Street ‘Gap’ to be transformed

Work to bring back into productive use a derelict space that has been a blot on Wisbech High Street for almost 40 years is at last under way, with contractors on site to revive the market town’s notorious Gap. Fenland District Council has secured funding to restore 24 High Street into an asset for Wisbech. […]

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‘Ely Solution’ gains momentum with Cambridge rail summit

A simple answer to getting foreign trade and growth moving through Britain will gain fresh impetus when key players gather for a rail summit at one of the East of England’s newer stations, Cambridge North. Convened by the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Dr Nik Johnson, and co-chaired by the Rt Hon Norman Baker,  Campaign […]

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Breaking new ground for Wisbech in historic Park

In a big day for Wisbech, local councillors joined officers from Fenland District Council, the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority and Cambridgeshire County Council to celebrate breaking ground on the £851,000 construction phase of the project to build a new Pavilion in Wisbech Park. Thanks to funding from Combined Authority’s Market Towns Programme, Cambridgeshire County […]

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Work to start on March’s Broad Street regeneration

The next stage of March town centre’s multi-million pound regeneration is set to forge ahead this month. The works are being delivered with over £6million from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and £3.6million of funding from the Government’s Future High Streets Fund, awarded to Fenland District Council. The Combined Authority funding comes from two sources – […]

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Turning Point beats targets in innovative skills and jobs support scheme across Fenland and Peterborough

A scheme to help those in Peterborough and Fenland into good jobs or training at key periods of change in their lives has exceeded its targets for the number of people helped. The Combined Authority bid successfully for Community Renewal Fund money from Government to deliver Turning Point – a project aimed at helping people […]

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Dr Nik Johnson begins phased return to Mayoral work

Dr Nik Johnson has begun a phased return to work as Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough following a three month leave of absence to receive medical treatment. The Mayor, who formally returned on Monday 6th March, will be following his doctor’s advice and returning to his role gradually as he continues his recovery.   Mayor […]

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Deputy Mayor sees Renaissance work in Chatteris

Building improvements in Chatteris brought about with funding from the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority were  welcomed by the Deputy Mayor when she visited the town on Saturday. Cllr Anna Smith was invited by the Mayor of Chatteris, Cllr Linda Ashley, to visit the Fenland market town to see for herself how Chatteris Town Council […]

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Big News for Littleport as Market Town Benefits from Combined Authority £1m

The market town of Littleport was £1million better off following today’s Combined Authority Board vote – and Whittlesey in Fenland picked up almost half a million in the same meeting. Proposed by Deputy Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Cllr Anna Smith, who was chairing the Board, members unanimously voted through the items. They agreed £925k […]

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Vote clears the way for Broad Street construction

Members of the Combined Authority’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee today unanimously recommended that the Board votes through funding to start construction of the main Broad Street scheme in the Fenland market town of March. Members were updated on the completed March Area Transport Study Full Business Case 1 (FBC1) for Broad Street and agreed to […]

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Combined Authority helps market towns hit by market forces

Community sport, solar energy, and history in Whittlesey stand to benefit from switched funds following the Combined Authority Board’s decision to support a clutch of community projects chosen by the Town Team.   Members noted the latest financial position for the Market Towns Programme and decided to reallocate £195k from the cancelled Whittlesey Heritage Centre to […]

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New app to help improve number 33 March town bus service

Bus route 33A, the March town centre service, is the latest bus route to benefit from a new app which features real-time bus location data and optional advance booking. Local community transport charity FACT Community Transport and nemi, an app supporting flexible bus services, are extending their partnership following a successful launch last month on […]

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North Cambridgeshire Training Centre welcomes Deputy Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

The Deputy Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, toured a purpose-built training centre in Chatteris to see how it is providing new and important skills opportunities in the heart of Fenland. With an aim to provide Level 2 to Level 5 Apprenticeships to 80-130 students a year, the North Cambridgeshire Training Centre (NCTC) […]

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Combined Authority Committee approves funding for affordable homes projects

At the Housing & Communities Committee meeting on 14 November 2022, a recommendation that funds of £1,656,000 be used to support existing housing projects in Fenland, Huntingdonshire and Peterborough was unanimously approved. Heylo, who offer part buy – part rent opportunities across England, will work with housing developers to provide an additional 46 affordable 2-3 […]

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Combined Authority committee keeps options open for Wisbech rail

Getting Wisbech better-connected came closer today when the Combined Authority’s transport and infrastructure committee decided to move forward with an Options Assessment Report analysing the costs and benefits of different types of connection. The options to be looked at will include both light and heavy rail modes and would centre on a service initially operating […]

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DETAILS RELEASED OF BUS OPERATORS AND TIMETABLES FOR WITHDRAWN STAGECOACH ROUTES FROM OCTOBER 30

The names of bus operators and new timetables for the services withdrawn by Stagecoach East from October 30 can now be released. On September 20, Stagecoach East announced they were pulling out of 18 bus services completely and reducing a further 5 significantly. The Combined Authority went out to urgent tender the following day with […]

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FENGATE ON SAFER AND HEALTHIER ROUTE AS ACTIVE TRAVEL GETS GREEN LIGHT

In a move set to speed up the delivery of better and safer facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, members of the Combined Authority Board today voted to release over £550k to push through active travel projects within Peterborough’s Fengate development scheme. After an update on the progress of Fengate Phase 1 Full Business Case, members […]

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Details released of bus operators and timetables for withdrawn Stagecoach routes from October 30

The names of bus operators and new timetables for the services withdrawn by Stagecoach East from October 30 can now be released. On September 20, Stagecoach East announced they were pulling out of 18 bus services completely and reducing a further 5 significantly. The Combined Authority went out to urgent tender the following day with […]

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Cyclists and walkers to benefit as Combined Authority ramps up March revamp

The Combined Authority Board today approved the release of over half a million pounds to complete the March Area Transport Study Full Business Case – and Members also put another half-million towards active travel in the Fenland market town. In a vote to keep up the pace of the March revamp, Members agreed to release […]

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Combined Authority Clears Way for Removal of King’s Dyke Level Crossing

The Combined Authority Board has agreed £1million of subject-to-approval funding from the Medium-Term Financial Plan for the eagerly-awaited closure and removal of the Kings Dyke level crossing. The MTFP has a subject to approval amount of £2.1m for Kings Dyke level crossing closure and the drawdown will be spent in the current financial year. A […]

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New tech to help keep communities connected with public transport

Users of FACT Community Transport’s bus route 68 – connecting Horsefair bus station Wisbech with Tesco retail park – now have the option to view the real-time bus location and book a seat in advance to receive a notification of their exact pick-up time. Through GoAscendal Labs, FACT is partnering with digital platform nemi to […]

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Combined Authority committee approves funding for 6 affordable rent homes in Wisbech

At the Housing & Communities Committee meeting on 7 October 2022, a recommendation that funds of £210,000 be used to provide 6 one bed affordable rented units at 24 High Street, Wisbech was unanimously approved.   The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority were approached by Fenland District Council for funding for the 6 homes within the […]

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E-scooters and E-bikes

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Ely Zipper and Wisbech 68 Tesco bus services secured until end of March 2023

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is providing further funding to keep two rural bus services operating in the short term. The Ely Zipper, run by Dews, and the Wisbech Tesco 68 Bus, run by community transport provider FACT, will be funded to continue until March 25, 2023. The Zipper service runs in a loop […]

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THE FUTURE FENS: INTEGRATED ADAPTATION

This innovative project will protect The Fens from the impacts of climate change, like flooding and drought, and show how collaboration can change the way we think about managing water in our communities.

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Wisbech Rail

Reopening railway from Wisbech to March, and onward to Cambridge

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Redeveloped March Railway Station completed

The newly developed March Railway Station opened with its upgraded bike and car park.

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Fenland cyclists and walkers see fresh regeneration at Whittlesea Station

New wayfinding pillar has been installed to help people move around Whittlesea station and get to and from Whittlesey town centre more easily.

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Soham Station

Soham Station was closed in 1968, the people of this growing market town have not had a rail connection till we reopened the station in 2021.

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16 Affordable new homes completed in Wicken

9-17 Hawes Lane is a 16-home project made up of 11 affordable rented and 5 shared ownership houses and bungalows ranging from 2-3 bedrooms.

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Business Growth Service

The Business Growth Service is a key intervention designed to accelerate start-ups, scale-ups & set-ups.

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Cambridge COP

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Number 68 bus to continue ahead of Board meeting discussion

Following calls on the Combined Authority to continue funding the Wisbech Tesco bus route 68, a decision has been made to temporarily extend funding of this service until the Combined Authority Board Meeting on the 21st of September, where the service will be discussed alongside other bus funding measures. Before this, the Transport and Infrastructure […]

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Fenland cyclists and walkers see fresh regeneration at Whittlesea Station

In the latest benefit from regeneration of the Fenland stations, a new wayfinding pillar has been installed to help people move around Whittlesea station and get to and from Whittlesey town centre more easily.  A map of the station, directions, and a plan promoting the various walking and cycling routes around the historic market town […]

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Calling all creatives: the Combined Authority wants to hear from you

CAMBRIDGESHIRE and Peterborough Combined Authority has launched a survey to hear from business owners in the creative industry to support a partnership bid to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Creatives have until 5PM on Friday 19th August to take the quick survey, the feedback of which will be used as supplementary evidence […]

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Wisbech Splashpad Officially Opens

After several months of work, Wisbech’s glittering new attraction opened on Monday and is already making a splash in the heart of the Wisbech community.    The Wisbech Park Splashpad, developed as part of the town’s Growing Fenland project, boasts a range of fountains and jets designed to keep children active and cool on hot summer […]

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Further £300K allocated to North Cambridgeshire Training Centre by the Combined Authority

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Board have voted to allocate a further £347,000 to the North Cambridgeshire Training Centre (NCTC), Chatteris. The money is additional to £3.16m of Local Growth Funding the Business Board awarded the training centre in January 2020. NCTC, which has been built on land owned by Stainless Metalcraft in Chatteris […]

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Mayor joins celebration as new King’s Dyke bridge opens and first drivers go across

Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Dr Nik Johnson today rejoiced in the ‘triumph’ of partners and colleagues whose work will end the delays that snarled up road travel between Whittlesey and Peterborough at the King’s Dyke Level Crossing.  For some fifty years, people around Fenland and the market town of Whittlesey have campaigned for a […]

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An Extraordinary Meeting of the Combined Authority Board was held on Friday 20 May.

At that meeting, an amendment to the Motion on Notice was passed. It recommend that, in light of the investigation currently in progress under the Member Conduct Complaints Procedure, that the Board would fully support that investigation and not interfere or prejudge any outcome nor see any reason to cause the Mayor himself to prejudge […]

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Jubilee Gardens Get Platinum Makeover

The Fenland market town of Chatteris has a brand new town sign, crowning a wider makeover funded by the Combined Authority.  The proud heraldry of the design, created by Chatteris artist Ric Savage, was unveiled in Jubilee Gardens by the town’s Mayor, Councillor Linda Ashley.   A key public space in Chatteris, Jubilee Gardens has been […]

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Mayor opens redeveloped March railway station

Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Dr Nik Johnson has officially opened the newly developed March Railway Station and its upgraded bike and car park at a ceremony in the refurbished Platform 1 Building.  Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Colonel Mark Knight MBE, Cllr Chris Seaton, Fenland District Council’s  transport lead and Chairman of the Fenland Stations […]

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Combined Authority drawdown may kickstart March makeover

When they meet on Wednesday (30th March), members of the Combined Authority Board will be asked to re-purpose £586,205 of Future High Street Fund money to kick off the initial phases of the March Area Transport Study – MATS – Broad Street construction. The money is for statutory works to get the project ready for […]

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Fenland and Peterborough at the front of the queue …

Statement by Mayor Dr Nik Johnson Arts and cultural organisations in Fenland and Peterborough have been given places at the front of the queue to bid for a share of £75 million the Government is tabling to move forward its plans to level up culture. Last week, I met the Arts Minister and told him […]

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Wisbech Tesco bus funding approved to keep service 68 running

Funding has been approved for the Wisbech Tesco bus route 68 to temporarily continue its service. £15,000 from the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority will extend the bus service for six months from March 31st until further review. Initially, the funding for the service was provided through Section 106 developer’s money. Since then, the Combined […]

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Combined Authority signs, seals and delivers on 110 new affordable homes for the region

A further 110 new affordable homes have been completed across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to help families whose needs are not met by the current housing market. The new units, which have been funded through the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority’s affordable housing programme, have been finished within the last financial quarter and many of them […]

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Partnership agreed for Cambridgeshire apprentice training centre

A leading engineering firm in Chatteris and one of the country’s top apprenticeship providers have confirmed their partnership to manage a new training centre for apprentices in Cambridgeshire. Stainless Metalcraft (Metalcraft) and West Suffolk College (WSC) have partnered to manage and operate the North Cambridgeshire Training Centre (NCTC) – a new facility being developed on […]

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Mayor and MP visit March for update on town’s exciting regeneration plans

The Mayor visited March town centre last week to hear about the exciting progress being made on the town’s transformational Future High Streets Fund work. The Combined Authority has invested £2 million in backing the March plan. Steve Barclay, MP for North East Cambridgeshire, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet […]

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Mayor finds out how fastest full fibre-enabled internet is being brought to Cambridge

Mayor Dr Nik Johnson went on a ‘dig walk’ to find out more about how state-of-the-art full fibre network technology will make faster and more reliable internet services available to more communities and businesses in Cambridge. CityFibre is carrying out network rollout works in a £20 million investment programme. It means thousands of homes and […]

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Rachael’s Story: “It’s never too late to change career and follow your dreams!”

A former adult education student is now officially one of the country’s top hairdressers. Rachael Penny, from Wisbech, studied hairdressing at the College of West Anglia and was a bronze medallist at the WorldSkills UK national finals at the L’Oreal Academy in London. Her achievement was given extra limelight when it was announced live by […]

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March plans surge ahead thanks to unanimous vote by Combined Authority

Uniting in support of the collaborative work under way to make life better for people in the Fenland market town of March, the cross-party Board of the Combined Authority today approved the drawdown of £1.51 million to push March’s transport plans forward to detailed design.  In the unanimous vote, following recommendation by the Combined Authority’s Transport & […]

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Aerial footage captures initial stages of railway station development work

A bird’s eye view of two exciting railway developments in the Fens has been captured on video thanks to new drone footage at March and Manea stations.  Aerial Cam has filmed the early stages of works being carried out as part of a multi-million pound regeneration of Fenland’s railway stations which is pushing forward with major improvements on the Hereward Line between Ely and Peterborough.   To view the footage, […]

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Time capsule looks to the future as partners celebrate progress at King’s Dyke

Looking to the future and making the long wait for a new bridge at King’s Dyke a thing of the past was the job in hand this week when a time capsule about the landmark project was buried at the site to inform generations to come.    The bridge over the Ely to Peterborough railway line on the A605, is part of the King’s Dyke Level Crossing scheme which also entails building a […]

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March plans can move forward thanks to unanimous vote by Combined Authority transport group

Showing their wholehearted approval of the collaborative work under way to make life better for people in the Fenland market town of March, the Combined Authority’s transport group this week recommended the drawdown of £1.51 million to push plans on to detailed design. In the unanimous vote, members of the Transport & Infrastructure Committee noted […]

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Future Fens: Integrated Adaptation Taskforce launches landmark shared commitments at COP26

The Future Fens: Integrated Adaptation Taskforce today unveiled a joint vision for future environmental and social prosperity for the Fens with the release of a ground-breaking shared manifesto and a commitment to join the UN Race to Resilience. The Future Fens: Integrated Adaptation initiative is a collaboration between sponsor bodies Anglian Water, Water Resources East, the […]

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Market town Whittlesey welcomes dynamic safety signs funded by Combined Authority

Interactive highways signs to improve travel and safety in and around Whittlesey are now fully operational in the town. The three new variable highways message signs along East Delph and the A605, east and west of the B1040 roundabout, alert drivers when flooding closes the B1040 and/or North Bank alongside the River Nene. The signs will also warn motorists when […]

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Board backs Mayor’s call to give impetus for March Broad Street makeover plan

The Combined Authority today pushed forward the fresh new fit-for-the-future look for March when members of the Board approved the use of £180,000 to start the detailed design for rejuvenating Broad Street. In a unanimous vote, welcomed by Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Dr Nik Johnson as “good news for the wonderful market town of […]

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Contractors uncover ‘hidden treasure’ during Combined Authority’s revamp of March rail station

Contractors carrying out improvements at March rail station have unearthed an ancient ticket ledger from when the station first opened over 130 years ago.  The ledger, dated April 1885, contains carefully hand-written entries of all the passenger luggage and parcels sent from the station, providing a unique record of daily life in the area in […]

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WATCH: Business Board’s Al Kingsley sees how relocated Chatteris aerospace company is taking flight

Member of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Business Board Al Kingsley took a tour of recently relocated aerospace parts manufacturer Aerotron Composites’ new Chatteris premises and heard about its plans for growth. Aerotron Composites was supported to grow its new facility in Chatteris with a £2 million Local Growth Fund grant through the Business […]

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Housing committee approve plans for 27 additional shared ownership homes with £1,209,000 grant funding

The Housing and Communities Committee of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority has today, (6 September), approved a £1,209,000 grant to fund the development of 27 affordable homes with shared ownership in East Cambridgeshire, Peterborough City and Fenland District Council areas. The grant allocated is to support the building of: 11 new homes for shared ownership […]

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So far, Soham good for station opening in December

Network Rail has successfully completed a key milestone in the development of the new railway station for Soham which will pave the way for trains to start to call at the station from December 2021.   Over the August bank holiday weekend, the developing station at Soham was connected to the wider signalling network. This is […]

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Mayor’s rescue bid for Wisbech Access gets full backing from Combined Authority Board

At a meeting of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Board, members today unanimously supported Mayor Dr Nik Johnson’s proposals to save a major transport initiative for Wisbech, ‘Capital of the Fens’. The multi-million pound improvement scheme was being delivered by Cambridgeshire County Council when it ran into trouble following a shortfall in funds. It […]

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Peterborough and March receive money from Combined Authority

Members of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Board backed the recommendation by Mayor Dr Nik Johnson that a £350,000 drawdown is given to further develop transformational plans for the Peterborough Railway Station Quarter. The drawdown, from the Transport Response Fund, is for the development of a Strategic Outline Business Case. Members were also asked […]

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Business Board chair visits upgraded Soham centre nurturing pioneering agri-tech companies

Chair of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Business Board Austen Adams visited a newly upgraded business innovation centre to find out how it is supporting more commercial and job opportunities in agricultural technology and science. Mr Adams was shown around the new £1.25 million facilities at the Eastern AgriTech Innovation Hub in Soham, to […]

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WATCH: Business Board’s Nitin Patel visits Stainless Metalcraft to see how it is securing its skills future

Member of the Business Board, Nitin Patel, visited Stainless Metalcraft in the Fenland town of Chatteris to find out how more about one of the region’s flagship advanced manufacturing companies is ensuring it has the skills it needs to thrive. Growth in the sector in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is a key priority in the Local […]

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Spades hit the ground at Chatteris training school helping young people into great careers

Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Dr Nik Johnson was joined by MP for North East Cambridgeshire Steve Barclay to mark the start of building work for a new training school based at Stainless Metalcraft in Chatteris. The facility is funded by a £3.16 million Local Growth Fund grant through the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority […]

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‘Good day for Fenland’ as Combined Authority members unanimously back Mayor’s support for Wisbech and March

Members of the Combined Authority Board have unanimously supported the mayor’s proposals to step in to save key development projects in the Fenland market towns of March and Wisbech. With the fate of two multi-million pound improvement schemes on the table, the Combined Authority, led by Mayor Dr Nik Johnson, voted across the political divide […]

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Fenland market towns scoop a million from Combined Authority

Community, culture and public health in Fenland were big winners at today’s meeting of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Board when Chatteris and Wisbech scooped  £1,071,021 for proposed projects under the Market Towns Programme, and for use in town-centre Covid recovery. Chaired by Mayor Dr Nik Johnson, the Board unanimously approved the two Fenland District Council […]

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Affordable Housing Programme is on course to deliver more than 2,000 homes before the end of March 2022

Thanks to the co-operation of local house builder, planning authorities and funding from Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), the Combined Authority has started 37 projects totalling 733 units and the Housing and Communities Committee has approved a further 15 projects which are subject to MHCLG approval. That will add a further 770 […]

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Mayor makes first speech at the Future Fens Taskforce

Mayor Dr Nik Johnson made his first speech at the Future Fens Taskforce yesterday (19th May 2021) Hello everyone. I’m Dr Nik Johnson. People know me as Dr Nik and since May 10 the Mayor of the Combined Authority. I’m delighted to be able to join you at this Future Fens event, the first formal event […]

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Market town investment tops £20 million as Combined Authority splashes cash for Wisbech, Chatteris and Ramsey

The Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough James Palmer today won wholehearted approval from the Combined Authority Board to fund four project proposals for Fenland and Huntingdonshire under the Market Towns Programme and for plans to support Covid-19 recovery. Combined Authority investment into the Market Towns Programme, and match funding, now tops £20 million across eleven […]

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Low Carbon Innovation Fund makes another investment in Cambridgeshire Business

8power (www.8power.com) based in Cambridge, recently benefited from investment from LCIF. 8power is an innovative technology company specialising in self-powered wireless sensor solutions for industrial plant applications. They are enabling machine condition monitoring at lower cost and easy installation for water/waste treatment, manufacturing industries and oil and gas industries. Paul Egan, CEO of 8power commented: […]

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Combined Authority awarded £1 Million to deliver free Level 3 courses for adult learners

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority have been awarded £1 Million to deliver free Level 3 courses for adults across the region. The funding from the Department for Education (DfE) has been delegated to Mayoral Combined Authorities as part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and will deliver free first Level 3 courses for adults […]

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Mayor Welcomes Housing Committee’s Housing Programme Decision

Mayor Palmer welcomed today the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Housing & Infrastructure Committee’s approval to complete the Government’s Housing Programme. MHCLG recently confirmed that they would fund all housing projects, subject to confirmation of additionality and value for money, that would start on site by March 2022, allaying concerns that the programme might be […]

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Listen Now: Sustainable travel in March on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Combined Authority investment to encourage cycling and walking in the Fenland market town of March took centre stage on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s mid-Morning show today when Mayor James Palmer joined presenter Amir Suleman to discuss plans for greener, safer travel. Listen in:

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Digital technology grants for hundreds of regional businesses

A digital technology grant scheme inviting businesses in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough to apply for a share of over £1million funding to boost growth has been inundated with over 300 responses. Within a week of being launched (15 February), the Connecting Cambridgeshire Digital Technology Grants for Business scheme was oversubscribed with over 180 eligible expressions of […]

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Transport committee hail Network Rail partnership for Wisbech-Cambridge

Transport committee members hail Network Rail partnership to bring Wisbech-Cambridge rail nearer    James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, has secured a powerful new partnership with Network Rail which can push Wisbech rail plans forward on the back of work to free up the Ely rail bottleneck. Steve Barclay, Member of Parliament for North […]

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More Progress for A47 Upgrades as Transport Committee hear latest news

Mayor reveals upbeat talks with transport minister about A47 ‘Gateway to the East’ James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough informed members of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Transport and Infrastructure Committee that transport minister Baroness Vere had told him yesterday that the A47 “needed a solution”. Committee members heard how Highways England has […]

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£60K confirmed for walkers and cyclists in March

Walkers and cyclists in March to benefit from £60k as delivery of  Quick Wins gathers pace It’s hoped that more people will take to active travel with today’s Transport & Infrastructure Committee recommending that Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority draw down £60k to help make walking and cycling around March easier, safer and more enjoyable. […]

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Alternative Vehicle Fuel Strategy given the green light

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough take one step closer in the roll out of electric charging points across the region that will take into account the different requirements likely to be needed across city, market town and rural community locations to meet the growing demand. Today (10 March 2021), the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Transport Committee […]

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New Business Growth Service to deliver 5200 new jobs

Transformational Business Growth Service to deliver at least 5200 new jobs across Cambridgeshire & Peterborough just when we need it most to grow back jobs Growth Works will deliver 5278 new jobs, 1400 new apprenticeships and generate significant inward investment in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough over the next three years. Made up of five service lines, […]

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Springfield Avenue, March

40 homes in Fenland

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Norwood Road, Hereward Hall & Queens Street, March

90 homes in Fenland

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Wisbech Road, March

118 homes in Fenland

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Whittlesey Green

11 homes in Fenland

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Snowley Park

24 homes in Fenland

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Skills Support Workforce

Training and upskilling employees with small and medium employers

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My Future

Supporting young people into employment and independence

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SSU 5003

Provide access to employment for job seekers and inactive people

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Metalcraft Training School

Training across a range of vocational subjects for between 80 and 130 apprentices per year, funded by the Business Board

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Wisbech Community Led Local Development

Addressing poor employment opportunities, economic inactivity and work poverty

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Employ-ability: Building confidence & skills

Breaking down past barriers with tailored support, skills and training and opening doors to volunteering & work experience

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New Horizons

Financial education, digital training and getting back to work

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