NEWS - May 2016

31-05-2016

PROPOSALS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF WISHING WELL SITE, GUILDHALL(FORMER LADIES’ TOILETS)

A public consultation daywas well attended on 16th April when plans were on display for a singlestorey retail/catering outlet, with outside seating. Other options, including, a two storeydevelopment, had been rejected on the grounds that the costs were too high forthe Trust relative to the anticipated return on the investment.

Of those who completeda comment sheet 76% supported the proposal, 15% were against and a few wereundecided. Common themes from those in favour were that the proposal was a goodand attractive use of an important town centre space (which could otherwisefall into disuse); and that by securing an additional income stream for theTrust the town would benefit more generally by ensuring the maintenance of keyservices like maintenance of the beach, seafront and the Wooldown. Those against thought that the toilets shouldbe reinstated (this is not within the Trust’s powers) and/or that there werealready enough catering outlets in the town.

Taking the variousconsiderations into account, the Trust has now decided to proceed with aplanning application for a catering outlet on the basis of the plans displayed.This will provide an additional opportunity for the public to express theirviews. We are happy to confirm that the public seating at the front of the sitewill be retained.

FESTIVAL OF THE SEA, 1ST MAY

Congratulations to allthose involved and especially Gill Bridges of the Looe Marine ConservationSociety for organising such a successful event. As part of the Looe BathingWater Quality Partnership, the Trust was pleased to be involved with colleaguesfrom the Environment Agency, South West Water and the Cornwall Wildlife Trustin promoting awareness of this issue and the work being done to try to securean improved classification for Looe this year.

THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY

We were also pleasedto facilitate the use of the Wooldown and lighting of the beacon at a well-attendedevent arranged by the Town Council on 21st April to celebrate HerMajesty’s 90th birthday.