Growing Fenland

The Growing Fenland project is part of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority's Market Towns Programme, aiming to maximise the regeneration of Fenland's market towns - March, Wisbech, Chatteris and Whittlesey.

The Combined Authority (CPCA) awarded funding to Fenland District Council to create four separate 'Growing Fenland Masterplans for Growth' for each of the towns.

The masterplans examined the needs of each town and looked at how investment in education and skills, commercial and industrial development and new transport initiatives could help stimulate growth, create more jobs and support Covid recovery. They also identified potential improvements and opportunities for growth, developing a case to attract additional funding to help deliver their ambitions.

The plans were developed by leading economic analysts Metro Dynamics with dedicated Growing Fenland Stakeholder Teams in each of the four towns. These were led by Fenland District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and Combined Authority representatives, along with town, district and county councillors and business and community representatives.

The masterplans for all 4 towns were approved by the relevant town councils, Fenland District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and the Combined Authority from October 2019 to January 2020.

In June 2020, the CPCA Board approved its CPCA Market Towns Programme - Investment Prospectus 2020 and doubled the amount of capital funding available to each town from £50,000 to £1million.

The Growing Fenland Stakeholder Teams meet regularly to discuss specific projects to be delivered through the masterplans and submit bid applications to the CPCA to secure the £1million of funding allocated to each town.

A number of bids have already been successful, as outlined below:

ProjectDescriptionFunding from CPCAMatch funding or additional funding
Chatteris Town Centre Renaissance Fund

Refurbishment of street furniture and improvements to shop fronts in town centre

£100,00040% of improvements to provided by property owners
Chatteris Skills Development

ICT hardware and software to support skills development

£36,178 
March Future High Street Fund

Improvements to March town centre

£900,000 of Market Towns Programme funding

£1.1million from CPCA

£6.4million from Government's Future High Streets Fund
Whittlesey Interactive Flood Signs

Interactive signs to signal when B1040 is closed due to flooding or roadworks

£56,500

£8,000 from Whittlesey Town Council

£500 from Fenland District Council

Whittlesey Heritage Walk

Heritage walk around the town of Whittlesey

£218,169 
Whittlesey Heritage Visitor Centre

New visitor centre to showcase local artifacts and tell the story of Whittlesey

£500,000

Approx £100,000 value of land gifted by Forterra PLC

£8,000 from Whittlesey Town Council

£1,666 from Fenland District Council

Whittlesey Business Capital Grants Scheme

Grants scheme for Whittlesey businesses to help mitigate against the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic (now closed to applications)

£124,331 
Wisbech Business Capital Grants Scheme

Grants scheme for Wisbech businesses to help mitigate against the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic (now closed to applications)

£200,000 
Wisbech Market Place Enhancement Scheme

Modifications to Wisbech Market Place as part of a town centre improvement initiative

£200,000

£50,000 from Wisbech Town Council

£150,000 from Cambridgeshire County Council's Communities Capital Fund

Wisbech Footfall Counters

Provision of additional footfall counters for Wisbech Market Place

£19,500 
Wisbech Replacement Shopwatch Radios

Replacement of existing Shopwatch radio scheme with digital system

£33,800 
Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE)

Implementation of CPE throughout the Fenland district

£400,000Fenland District Council (TBC)

 

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