Update on Looe Flood Defence Engagement Events
A message from the Project Team:
If you were unable to attend our recent engagement events for the Looe Flood Defence scheme, you can still give your views by completing our online survey here – (https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/LooeFloodDefence/ )
The deadline for making comments on the options and on the potential finishes and materials is Friday 18 November.
A huge thank you to everyone who came along to the recent engagement events at the West Looe Centre. The aim of the three events was to enable people to hear about the story so far and to give an update on progress and options considered, as well as to provide an opportunity to input into finishes and materials.
It was a very busy three days for the project team, with hundreds of people taking the opportunity to ask questions and comment on the current proposals. You can view the information presented at the events here . Copies of the exhibition boards are also available to view in the document section of this site. You can also watch a short animation showing the tidal barrier here .
As well as providing information about the options, including the preferred option, we also wanted to seek people’s views on the materials and finishes which could be used in the scheme. We will be doing a lot more work on this element of the scheme in the coming months, including working with local artists, but below are some of the themes which were presented to people at the exhibition.
We have also been talking to local businesses to obtain information on how they have been affected by the flooding and seeking their views on the proposals. This information will be vital in helping us to demonstrate the economic benefits of the project and support our case for investment in flood defence and regeneration in Looe. If you have not been contacted by a member of the project team and would like to share your views please contact us at LooeFloodDefence@wsp.com
The team will now be analysing all the feedback and using the results to shape the next phase of the scheme.
Looe is already one of the most frequently flooded coastal town in the UK. Over the next 100 years, sea levels are predicted to rise by more than 1 metre as a result of climate change, threatening even more parts of the town. These include the health centre, the police and fire stations, main food stores and cafes and the fish market, as well as major transport links such as the A387 and the railway station. Doing nothing is not an option and we want to ensure that the final Flood Defence and Regeneration Scheme meets the needs of all parts of the local community.