NEWS: Wisbech High Street Townscape Heritage Officer vacancy

Would you be interested in joining the team to deliver the High Street project? Fenland District Council is now recruiting a Townscape Heritage Officer, please find below the job advertisement for further details.

Townscape Heritage Officer

(Fixed term contract until 31st December 2020)

Salary Band 8 – £30, 480-£36,019

Fenland District Council (FDC) is looking to recruit a Townscape Heritage Officer for the delivery phase of the Wisbech High Street project. FDC has been awarded a grant of around £1.9 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the implementation of the Project.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with a truly transformational project at the heart of historic Wisbech. The project will restore a number of buildings on the High Street, bring new uses back into empty properties and transform the derelict former Cook’s Butchers site at number 24 into an exciting new area for public use.

The post holder will be the lead officer, working in partnership with a multi-disciplinary team, responsible for the delivery of the TH programme and its component projects, ensuring that it is managed in accord with the objectives and requirements of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Fenland District Council.

The post holder’s key responsibilities will include:

Management and co-ordination:
• To co-ordinate, manage and administer the delivery of the Wisbech High Street Townscape Heritage Project and ensure the required outputs are achieved on time, to budget and within the operating requirements of FDC and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
• To facilitate and chair the Core Team that is the long-established multidisciplinary group within FDC, overseeing the project. This group will include external specialists from time to time and members of other key partner organisations such as The Wisbech Society and Historic England
• To facilitate and chair the Wisbech High Street Consultative Group which is an established group of local stakeholders and the primary link between the project and the local community
• To regularly report directly to the Project Sponsor (Gary Garford) and Project Champion (Cllr Oliver) reflecting the importance of this project as a corporate priority for FDC and an important component of the Wisbech 2020 Vision
• To report on progress at Cabinet, Council and other FDC and community meetings as required
• To effectively identify risks to the project and deliver mitigation where practicable.

• To finalise and implement an existing strategy for promoting and securing applications for grant funding from owners / long leaseholders of properties within the project area
• To maintain engagement with the owners and agents of a number of high and medium priority properties within the project area and support them through the application process
• To administer all applications and help applicants to refine their applications where necessary to ensure they comply with the requirements of the project
• To be responsible for day-to-day financial administration and oversight of the project budget.
Monitoring and Evaluation
• Alongside other statutory services such as development control and conservation, to monitor on-site works for projects arising from the TH programme to ensure compliance with grant conditions and the implementation of work to appropriately high standards
• To undertake quantitative and qualitative data collection necessary to complete regular evaluations that comply with HLF guidance
• To manage the production of quarterly HLF progress reports and grant claims

Activity Statement:
• To finalise and manage the delivery of the initiatives set out in the Activity Statement working in partnership with the Consultative Group and Core Team
• To maintain and update an existing communication strategy and use innovative methods and best practice to promote, publicise and raise awareness of the project and the TH programme and the project partners
• Maintain and update the High Street website and associated social media.
Ideally you will be:
• Qualified to degree level and / or have equivalent experience in a relevant discipline such as conservation, building archaeology, strategic property, economic development, regeneration, heritage management or planning.
• You will have a proven track record of successful project management of grant funded conservation and / or regeneration projects along with experience of community consultation, negotiation, contract management and a good working knowledge of grant funding programmes,
• You will have excellent communication skills and will liaise with property owners and tenants, local residents and community groups to promote and increase support for the project and its stakeholders.

Flexible working will be required and this may include some early morning or evening work.

For informal enquiries, please contact our agents, Kate Pinnock or Ross Ingham on 0797 4363991 or 07827 240059.

If this is the challenge for you, further details and application forms can be downloaded from…/11906/Townscape-Heritage-Officer.

To apply, please complete an application form (please read the guidance notes) and send to the Human Resources team, preferably by email (to or post to the HR Team, at Fenland District Council, Room 48, Fenland Hall, County Road, March, PE15 8NQ.

Alternatively, application forms are available from our Customer Services team (01354 654321) or email

Closing date: 22nd September 2016

Interviews: Early October 2016

Fenland District Council (FDC) is committed to equal opportunities. It is FDC’s aim to ensure that not potential applicant, employee or service user will receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, age, disability, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation or marital status. FDC will also not impose any conditions or requirements which disproportionately disadvantage any group which cannot be justified in terms of the needs of the job or the service provided.