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Jubilee weekend thanks – A message from the mayor

I would like to pay tribute to all who helped make the long Jubilee weekend such a resounding success despite mixed weather conditions. 

 

A big thank you to all the event organisers, volunteers and Marshalls, performers, bunting makers, Looe town council staff and Councillors, businesses, (who did a magnificent job of decorating their shop windows and frontages.) The town really worked together to make the Jubilee a roaring

success with everyone happy and enjoying themselves in celebration. 

 

All the months of work required to organise these events is testament to the love and respect we all have for her Majesty on her platinum jubilee and 70years of service. 

 

I particularly loved the Party of the Wooldown, aided by beautiful sunny weather in a spectacular location overlooking the Island and bay. After over 2 long years of isolation and lockdowns to come together as a community to have fun was such a joy.

 

The Queens selflessness, uncomplaining dedication to duty is something we can all learn from.

 

Thank you Looe, one and all. God save the Queen. 

Looe Public Schools Grant

Please see the attached poster for information, and how to apply, to the Looe Public Schools Grant.

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Queens Platinum Jubilee Souvenir Coins

If you’ve reserved jubilee coins for your children, you should have received an e-mail from us recently about collecting these but there are some people on our list who we’ve not been able to contact. We don’t want any residents to miss out so please come along to Looe Library & Community Hub at the Millpool to collect your coins. We’re open today from 10am to 4pm (coin collection only – library is closed) and then on Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Usual opening hours will apply next week which you can find at Library – Looe Town Council.

We hope you all enjoy the long weekend and any jubilee celebrations that you’re taking part in.

 

 

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New Town Clerk

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Brendan Coulton, our new Town Clerk, who joined Looe Town Council last week.

Brendan is a Law graduate and a Justice of the Peace who lives in Looe. He brings a wealth of experience and wide range of skills to his new role, having spent 18 years in the Royal Navy, 14 years in the Financial Services industry and has run his own successful businesses. He is also a keen volunteer in the veteran’s charity sector and a trained community first responder.

Brenday says “I’m passionate about Looe and what the town can achieve and I’m looking forward to serving the community in my capacity of Town Clerk”.

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New Mayor of Looe

We are delighted to announce that Cllr Edwina Hannaford was appointed Mayor of Looe at a Mayor Making Ceremony last night as part of Looe Town Council’s Annual Meeting & Town Meeting held in the Guildhall Chamber last night. Edwina has served as a Town Councillor since 2003 and follows in the footsteps of her father, Colin Shore, who was Mayor of Looe from 1996 to 1998. In her opening address to the town, Edwina spoke of her learning from her dad as well as all the other Mayors of Looe that she has worked with. She went on to set out her priorities in the role including: Listening to residents; Involving young people in decisions affecting the town; Giving Looe businesses a voice; Working with partner organisations to support residents; and Focussing on doing the basics well so that Looe is a clean, well-cared for town for everyone to enjoy.

Edwina takes over as Mayor from Cllr Martin Gregory who was thanked by Edwina and fellow Councillors for his three years in post – not an easy period to be Mayor, not least with the unprecedented challenges of Covid-19. The Council has changed significantly during Martin’s period in post and he thanked fellow Councillors; Officers; other Looe organisations; and all the individuals from the community who came together to form such a well-organised volunteering network during the pandemic.

As well as reporting on the past year, the Annual Meeting is also the Council’s opportunity to recognise and reward other organisations and individuals who contribute so much to making Looe a great place to live and to visit; often through the goodwill of volunteers and charitable donations. In recognition of their significant support with vaccination clinics as well as all their stewarding duties and organisation of community events, not least Santa’s annual tour of Looe, the Organisation of the Year award was presented to the Lions Club of Looe.

We were really pleased to see so many members of the public and representatives of other organisations at the Meeting where several local charities were presented with cheques from the Mayor’s Charity Fund to contribute to their work in Looe.

Full minutes will be posted shortly on the Agendas and Minutes page of our website.

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Meet the Leader – Cornwall Council

Over the next few weeks, residents, businesses and community groups will have the opportunity to meet Cllr Linda Taylor, the Leader of Cornwall Council. At these sessions, you’ll be able to ask her questions about local issues, services and priorities in a Question Time style meeting. Sessions are being held in:

  • Penzance on 25 May
  • Newquay on 6 June
  • Bude on 22 June
  • Helston on 4 July
  • Liskeard on 19 July

For more information, visit Meet the Leader | Let’s Talk Cornwall

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It’s a ‘YES’ from voters

We have been notified this morning of the positive outcome of yesterday’s referendum on adopting the Looe Neighbourhood Plan.

This means that policies within the Neighbourhood Plan for Looe will be used by Cornwall Council to help it decide planning applications in the area.

A copy of the formal ‘Declaration of Result of Poll’ is attached which shows that 1157 votes were cast and 80.2% of voters responded ‘yes’.

Thank you to all those who took the time to go out and vote. And a big thank you to everyone involved in the NDP steering group over the years it took to develop the Plan into this final version which has been adopted.

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Make Savings by Bus

New, low fare initiatives to make bus travel cheaper, easier and more attractive to new passengers are underway. The scheme significantly reduces the cost of bus travel across most fares to encourage people to swap their cars for public transport and cut Cornwall’s carbon emissions.

Working together with Cornwall Council under the Transport for Cornwall partnership, bus companies Cornwall by Kernow, Go Cornwall Bus, Stagecoach, Hopleys, OTS and Travel Cornwall have introduced measures to encourage more people to jump aboard:

  • Passengers can now use their bus ticket on any bus covering their journey, regardless of who operates it (excludes college and university passes and the Truro Park and Ride).
  • New individual Day Town Zone tickets offering unlimited one-day travel within a defined local area cost £3 for adults and £1.50 for anyone under 19.
  • A day ticket that offers unlimited travel around Cornwall is now just £5 (down from £9), and single fares start from just £1.60 and returns from £2.40.
  • There are also great value multi-use tickets available for weekly and monthly travel.

There’s more information and example fares on www.transportforcornwall.co.uk.

Questions about the Neighbourhood Plan?

Thanks to everyone who spoke to the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group at the Library  last week – it’s great that so many residents are engaged with finding out more about the Looe Neighbourhood Plan before voting on 12 May.

There will be some more ‘drop-ins’ in the run up to the referendum at:

  • Looe Library, The Millpool, West Looe – Thursday 5 May, 10am – 1pm and Saturday 7 May 10am to 1pm;
  • The Rose Garden, East Looe – Wednesday 11 May, 10am – 1pm

No need to contact us or book a place, just drop in for more information and to meet members of the Steering Group.

Based on what people have asked so far, we’ve put together the attached Frequently Asked Questions to explain some of the key points. If you want to read the full plan or find more information about the proposals for Looe, please visit Looe Neighbourhood Plan (futurelooe.town).

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What is the Neighbourhood Plan?

If you live in Looe, you should have received a polling card for a referendum on 12th May when residents have an opportunity to vote Yes or No to adopting a Neighbourhood Plan for Looe. The proposed plan is the result of around six years of work by the Steering Group, supported by Town Councillors and Cornwall Council, who have taken public feedback on board to develop a series of planning policies. If the outcome of the referendum is a ‘Yes’ vote, these policies will be adopted and used by Cornwall Council to decide planning applications in Looe.

To find out more about the proposed plan, come along and speak to a member of the Steering Group at any of the following sessions, all from 10am to 1pm on:

  • Thursday 28 April – Looe Library
  • Thursday 5 May – Looe Library
  • Saturday 7 May – Looe Library
  • Wednesday 11 May – The Rose Garden, East Looe

If you can’t make these, the video attached below explains more about Neighbourhood Planning, or listen out on Radio Looe for interview with councillors about what’s in the Plan and how it was developed.

You can find more detailed information about the proposals for Looe and lists of all those involved in the Steering Group at Looe Neighbourhood Plan (futurelooe.town).