Looe Harbour Commissioners are pleased to advise that with thanks to the support of West Looe Town Trust, the Town Council, Councillor Hannaford and the Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG), in addition to our own financial contribution to the project, the funding package for the project has now been secured.
Work starts on the New Shelter in West Looe
Pictured: (L-R) Geraldine Oliver, West Looe Town Trust. Cllr Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council West Looe & Lansallos. Phil Gibson, East Looe Town Trust. Joseph Bussell, Chairman of Looe Harbour Commissioners. Matthew Dixon, TGL Property. David Bryan, Mayor of Looe. Steve Huckstep, Architect.
All necessary consents have been obtained and a local contractor has been appointed. Work commenced on site on Monday 7th January 2013 with an expected completion date of 31st May 2013. The intention being that the centre is completed prior to the start of the main tourist season.
West Looe Shelter - plan (Showing performance layout).
For many months, work has been going on behind the scenes to ensure that the project runs smoothly and that minimal disruption is caused to residents and businesses during the construction period. It is hoped that there will be no reason for complaint or questions by members of the public, but if you do wish to speak to anyone about the works, please contact Tina Hicks (Chief Executive) or Jeff Penhaligan (Harbour Master) both of whom will do their best to answer any questions or resolve any problems that may arise.
A view of the Shelter as it will look from East Looe.
The Harbour Commissioners believe that the Quayside Centre will be a huge asset for the town, particularly West Looe. It is hoped that the completed building will have a multitude of uses such as;
- Educational Events
- Church-related functions
- Outdoor eating events
- Hobby Club Events
- Voluntary fundraising events
- Fish Festivals
- Fisheries training and promotional sales
- Teaching activities
- Seasonal festivities
- Town events
- Lugger, gig and sailing events
- Fish/Farmers markets
- Any other purpose for which the community requires
When not in use for these purposes, the area will revert to public parking.
A view from West Looe Square.
This project will provide sustained economic, social, cultural, voluntary and employment opportunities to the town and surrounding parishes over many years to come. It is the keystone to delivering opportunity and change within the community in the changing years ahead and will help to ensure that Looe remains a thriving coastal community and popular tourist destination with a promising future, unlike some of our sister ports who now find themselves struggling, having not taken steps to embrace an ever-changing society.
The Quayside Centre was 'officially' opened on Thursday 30th June 2013.
As well as providing Shower and toilet facilities for visiting Yachts and the Fishermen's shelter which has a beautiful view of Looe, the river and out to sea Produce and Craft Markets are now run regularly each month.
Produce markets are held on the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month 10am to 2pm and Craft markets on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month 11am to 3pm.
The centre is available for hire by all members of the Community for many different uses. We have tables, chairs, a fully fitted stage and a sound and vision system with public address facilities.
To book your function/event or enquire about the markets contact Claire at the Harbour Office on 01503 262839or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or just pop in!