Plans for unused Ladies' PC Block, Guildhall


Anyone who was unable to attend the public consultation day on 16th April is welcome to view the plans, and complete a comment sheet, in the Council Chamber at the Guildhall until Tuesday, 10th May. 

Feel free to drop in when the office is open to the public between 10 am and 1 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If those times are not convenient, please ring the office on 01503 263709 to arrange a convenient time and date. For those unable to come into the Guildhall, the proposal can be viewed below.

In putting forward this proposal the Trust has been guided by three key objectives:-

  1. To guard against the site becoming a public eyesore;
  2. To make it useful and visually attractive as an important town centre location;
  3. To provide a long term income stream for the Trust. This will better enable us to maintain the services that we provide for the town (without any local government grants) including maintenance of the beach, seafront and Wooldown as well as the Museum and a number of other old properties. All this is important to the success of the town and its economy.

02A Proposed Plans.Option One.pdf 

Old Guildhall Museum and Gaol


See the Museum page for more news.

News - March 2016


We were pleased to take part in theSocieties Day event held on 27th February to make known theactivities of the many different organisations in Looe. It was striking that anumber of people were not aware of our role and the services we provide for thetown and its visitors. So, for those not in the know, this gives a flavour ofwhat we do and why.

Taking the “why” first, in the 1890s (yes, that long ago) theformer East Looe Town Council and former West Looe Town Council decided to put alltheir property into trust so that the successor body, a unified Looe Town Council,could not take over these assets. As a result the East Looe Town Trust, aregistered charity, owns open areas like the beach, seafront and theWooldown; as well as buildings, including the Old Guildhall and Gaol, housing theMuseum, the “new” (1878) Guildhall and a number of other old properties.

The “what” is essentially themaintenance of all these areas and buildings for the benefit of the communitynow and in the future. We have threemembers of staff, one in the office and two keeping the public areas lookingattractive and the buildings in a proper state of repair. All of this can beexpensive and we receive no grant from Cornwall Council or Looe Town Councilfor these purposes. Our income derives mainly from leases and the seafront carpark which, accompanied by constant downward pressure on costs, enable us(just) to balance the books. Where funds are available we make modest localcharitable donations.

We are often surprised by some of theissues that we have to deal with like waste removal and bathing water qualitybut it all serves to keep us on our toes! We strive to work cooperatively withthe town’s other bodies and the benefits of that are seen in developments likethe Looe Bathing Water Quality Partnership.

We try to keep the public informed inarticles like this, on our website ( and through socialmedia. We welcome interest and enquiries and, within our limited resources willtry to respond as best we can.


Along with many others we werevery saddened by the news of Neil’s death. His wife, Barbara, was our MuseumCurator for 14years before she stood down in 2015. As in everything else theydid, this was very much a joint effort alongside our splendid team of museumvolunteers. Neil contributed enormously to the legacy that, as a result, we andfuture generations can enjoy. We are grateful to this fine gentleman and willmiss him greatly.


March 2016




Weare pleased to announce that Looe Museum has achieved full accreditation.Congratulations to all those who haveworked so hard to achieve this status.

Itmeans that the Museum meets the high national standards laid down by the ArtsCouncil. The requirements include appropriate management arrangements,effective forward planning, satisfactory procedures for the management ofcollections and good quality service. The focus is very much on helping museumsto meet users’ needs and interests. Importantly for us, it also means that weare better placed to seek grant funding.

Thenew Management Committee is already busy in the winter months planningimprovements and preparing for its re-opening in the Spring. Anyone interestedin helping to take forward the Museum’s work – there are all kinds of ways inwhich assistance can be put to good use – should contact Judy Martin at theTrust Office in the Guildhall (tel. 01509 263709).


MartinRobinson and his team did a magnificent job in providing official fireworkdisplays at 6pm and midnight, the latter – complete with countdown clock –being one of the best ever. The muchvalued and often unseen voluntary work included stewarding and clear up; aswell as things like risk assessment and liaison with ambulance and policeservices to ensure public safety.

Therewas another unauthorised display launched from the beach just afterwards, whichcaused some public anxiety. This was not least because, unlike for the officialdisplays, no arrangements were in place to keep people away from dangerousdebris. Trustees are not killjoys and have steadfastly set their faces againstunnecessary rules and regulations for the beach; but we cannot condone unapprovedactivities that may put other users at risk.




Therecently announced “poor” rating for Looe is a disappointing result. Ourbathing water quality is in fact improving but we are still not quite meetingthe higher standards required by a new EU Directive. This is despite all thework done by the Looe Bathing Water Quality Partnership to meet the challengeand the recent major works in Looe and Liskeard by South West Water to improvethe sewerage systems.

Theoutcome is largely the result of river water bringing down agricultural andurban run-off after heavy rainfall and mixing with surrounding sea water fromwhich the samples are taken. There have been only five occasions in 2015 whenthis has been an issue but under the new rules this is just enough to push usinto the poor category.

Weshall continue to work with everyone involved, especially the EnvironmentAgency, in identifying more precisely what is giving rise to the problem andwhat more can be done to improve next year’s results.


Nowthat Looe Town Council have closed the former Ladies’ toilets and opened newand much improved facilities we are taking professional advice on the best useof this area. As a charity we arerequired to do what is best for the Trust and our primary objective will be togenerate an ongoing income stream. Without this it will become increasingly difficult for us to maintain the services weprovide for the town like maintaining the beach, seafront, Wooldown and a number of old properties, including the Guildhall and Museum.


TheTrust is pleased to be making a contribution to the town’s festive appearance,including by way of the Guildhall Christmas tree and lighting. We shall beagain supporting the Churches Together in Looe and District Christmas lunch forvulnerable local people.

Wetake this opportunity to wish everyone a happy Christmas and a healthy andpeaceful New Year.