Looe Harbour Commissioners foresee a future in the fishing and tourist industries in Looe and so believe in investing in projects that will maintain fishing communities and satisfy the town's needs in the future.
The idea of a pontoon alongside the Lower Quay had been discussed on numerous occasions over the years so when a funding opportunity arose through the European Fisheries Fund (EFF), the decision was taken to develop the project and apply for funding.
The Commissioners felt that a Lower Quay pontoon would further enhance the facilities and opportunities offered by the port for the general public, whilst improving Health & Safety measures associated with the loading/unloading of passengers. It would also provide equal opportunities for ambulant and assisted disabled people to go on the water (river trips, sight seeing in the bay and around the island, fishing, speed boat trips etc.)
The pontoon would also support the thriving fishing industry in the port, allowing day to day operations to take place safely and efficiently with minimal 'down time'.
In December 2013, a 75% grant was awarded from EFF towards a total project cost of £125,000.
The Pontoon was towed into position on 14th April 2014.
Additional quayside rails, CCTV coverage and wall improvements (for anchoring purposes) were also included within the project.
Looking forward, it is hoped that the opportunities associated with improved access to recreational activities, both for able and disabled people, will be developed and will encourage more people to visit the town. This will encourage the economic sustainability of the local community and surrounding parishes and ensure that Looe continues to be a thriving fishing port and holiday destination.
Contractors involved with the project
CFC Marine and Building Services (Project Management) Contact: Colin Crabb 01503 262886
Steve Huckstep Architects (Architectural design/permissions)
Docking Solutions Ltd (construction of pontoon)
TGL Property (building works) Contact: Matt Dixon 07812 130 917
Trelawney Fire and Security Services (CCTV Equipment) www.tfs-sw.co.uk
The pontoon installation has proved to be a great success this season, allowing increased periods of operation, improved safety with regards to movement of passengers and a means of access to the boats for ambulant/assisted disabled people.
Unfortunately, the pontoon had to be removed from service on 29th September 2014, to allow emergency storm damage repairs to take place to the Harbour wall. However, it will return to its position alongside the quay in the spring of next year.