News - January 2017

17-01-2017

THE SEA FRONT WATCH TOWER: VIABILITY STUDY ON RESTORATION

The Trust has decided to begin a viability study to assess the work that would be required to restore the Watchtower on the East Looe seafront.

The Old Lifeboat Shed and Watchtower is a Grade 2 listed building which has played an important role in Looe’s seafaring history since the first lifeboat was dedicated 150 years ago. Sadly, after years of trying to counter the effects of its challenging environment, the Trust was forced to separate the Watch Tower from the adjoining Lifeboat Shed, which is operated as a retail shop. The Watchtower is now vacant and at risk of further structural decline.

We are, therefore, delighted to have been awarded a grant by the Architectural Heritage Fund (requiring matched funding by the Trust) to conduct a viability study to assess costs and options. If restoration work proceeds we will be seeking more substantial funding, which to some extent would depend on the level of local community support. We will shortly be in touch with the town’s various organisations to seek views on this.

DEVELOPMENT OF WISHING WELL SITE: UPDATE

We have previously reported that the Trust has received the necessary planning and listed buildings approvals for the development of the former ladies’ toilets.Since then further essential work has been undertaken with our architect,solicitors and estate agents.

The present position is that tenders have been invited from potential occupants of the premises and we expect decisions to be made on this by the end of February.The process will be verified independently.

Thereafter the necessary building work to reflect agreed use can be put in hand.

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR

The Trust is pleased to have made its contribution to the town’s festive appearance, including by way of the Guildhall Christmas tree and lighting. Congratulations to the many others who played their part. What a pity that vandalism to the tree nearly required its removal on safety grounds. Thanks to prompt repair work by our staff this was avoided.

The Trust is also glad to have been been able to make some charitable donations in support of those providing help for vulnerable people.

We take this opportunity to wish everyone a healthy and peaceful New Year.

JOHN WARNE AND FELLOW TRUSTEES