I am delighted that Looe Community News is back, albeit virtually. So much has changed this year that I hardly know where to begin. I will start with my constant pride in every resident of Looe. We are a community who stand by each other and I am immensely proud of the way we have supported each other during the hight of Lockdown and during an immensely busy summer season. Since March our volunteer network have taken over 1340 calls on the helplines, delivered over 340 prescriptions and helped around 310 vulnerable people with a range of essential services.
Our library was the only one in Cornwall to maintain a service during full lockdown, again dependent on volunteer delivery. Volunteers have also supported the Town Council in spraying the streets and in maintaining our communication with messages of encouragement and hope. All of this activity was co-ordinated via our staff and Councillor team and my sincere thanks goes to everyone involved.
The Council are currently working with all the key organisations in Town on how we celebrate major events in a safe way. Please look at our Facebook page and website for messages about Remembrance Sunday, Christmas and New Year as we will be releasing them as and when we have activities arranged – most of the activities will be virtual but we hope that Santa will be able to visit the streets of Looe this year!
Looe Town Council is soon to have a new and improved Council website and we welcome any community news or updates. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with stories or information that residents would like to know. Also the new Tourism website is currently being developed and we are working with consultants to develop a new Looe brand and logo. We would like your input on what is chosen because no-one knows and loves Looe more than its residents, so please keep an eye out for surveys on the new branding.
Looe Neighbourhood plan is nearly ready for submission so visit Future Looe website where we will be keeping you up to date with progress. We have had some key meetings about how we can support the Town now and in future and will be communicating any successes with you. We have also set up the Looe Hardship Fund in conjunction with Cornwall Councillor’s for East and West Looe, Cllr Armand Toms and Cllr Edwina Hannaford, The Rusty Bucket, Looe Valley Rotary Club, Looe Development Trust and the Cornwall Community Foundation to provide a community hardship fund for Looe.
If you need to talk through your needs you can call Rusty Bucket on 07896515334 or if you have limited credit on your phone to complete the form on our website (https://looetowncouncil.gov.uk/covid19_forms.php), you can also text this number and someone will call you back within 24hours.
There is much to look forward to but we have seen a monumental shift in national behaviour and we must all continue to play our part in saving lives and protecting the NHS by staying home, observing social distancing rules, wearing a mask and maintaining good hand hygiene.
I have countless reasons to be very proud to be Looe’s Mayor, but perhaps never more so than when seeing local people uniting and pulling together so amazingly in the common cause of defeating this terrible disease and I am hugely thankful to you all.
Cllr Martin Gregory
Mayor of Looe