Wisbech Park community pavilion nearly finished


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.

The pavilion will be home to a flexible, multi-purpose and accessible  community space, ideal for group meetings, workshops or small-scale performances, a kitchen and café, plus community toilets.

The project has been made possible thanks to funding from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority’s Market Towns Programme,  Fenland District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Communities Capital Fund, and the Government’s Changing Places initiative.

Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Dr Nik Johnson said:

“Through our Market Towns Programme the Combined Authority has an ongoing commitment to investing in Wisbech as well as other market towns in Fenland and beyond. This community hub will boost inclusivity, widen the park’s visitor appeal, attract more events, and encourage new users and tourists. It also shows the power of our partnerships, with £299,200 from the Combined Authority helping leverage vital match funding to bring this benefit to the community.”

Cllr Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment:

“We are on the cusp of delivering a fantastic facility that has the community at its heart and will make a real difference to local residents and visitors to Wisbech. Wisbech Park is already a much-loved asset, for the town and the whole of Fenland, but this new pavilion will be the icing on the cake.”

The pavilion will be owned by Fenland District Council but managed on a day-to-day basis by Wisbech Town Council on a 35-year lease, enabling a locally focussed approach, ensuring community needs are catered for.

The pavilion is designed to be inclusive and will replace the Park’s old facilities block with new, state-of-the-art accessible Changing Places toilet, designed to support the needs of all people with disabilities.