East Looe Town Trust’s Old Lifeboat Station and Watchtower (“OLS”) Heritage Led Regeneration Project will kick-start the regeneration of East Looe’s seafront after winning substantial funding in the face of stiff competition. The multifaceted project achieved a £289,000 award from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund without which the project would have been impossible. The semi-derelict listed OLS has been used as part building materials store and seasonal art sales. It’s under-appreciated for its heritage value and its poor condition is depressing East Looe seafront. East Looe Town Trust will be investing around £100,000 of its own funds in the project with further support from funders
The repurposed building will create two unique workplaces for Looe providing renewable energy and decent staff facilities. The Watchtower will become a low-carbon workplace for ELTT staff, freeing up their present offices in the listed Guildhall. ELTT will evaluate the repurposing of the Guildhall offices to boost the economy of the historic town centre.
The Boatshed will become a flexible modern workspace offering an exciting opportunity for many types of new business from workshop, to commercial or retail. Both new workspaces will offer year-round employment and increase the footfall, vitality and appearance of the seafront.
An online Looe lifeboats’ history and archive will be commissioned that brings together the exciting exhibits held in the Looe Museum with a wealth of documents data and photograph donated by Project Ryder – the charity that operated the restored Ryder Looe lifeboat. The focus will be on the crews who gave service between 1866 and 1930, connecting with many of today’s Looe families.
A new ‘Devon & Cornwall’s Great Scenic Railways’ circular walk will lead seafront visitors through the Wooldown’s wartime and conservation sites, and the historic town.
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