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Maritime port nets website funding

Looe, Polperro & District Chamber of Trade and Commerce have just secured £27,000 funding from the Objective One Rural Key Fund to set up a definitive website for Looe,

A small dedicated team of Chamber members including Edwina Arkell, John Charnock, Beryl Tregear and Brett Pearn have worked tirelessly over the last three years, preparing the vision and making the funding bid.

The Chamber is grateful for the invaluable assistance of Michael Hinks of South East Cornwall Regeneration Partnership (the Objective One facilitation team for South East Cornwall) and the Rural Key Fund Team at Cornwall Enterprise.

Former Chairperson of the Chamber Edwina Arkell said, "When elected chair in 1999, one of my main aims was for Looe and District to have a high quality web presence.”

The monies secured will enable the town to produce a site that will be a central information point for visitors and residents alike, allowing EASY access to information about Looe, events and accommodation.

The high quality site aims to portray the most attractive features of the historic port and the surrounding rural areas of Polperro, Downderry, Seaton, Hessenford, Duloe, Nomansland. Subjects covered will include maritime and rural leisure - fishing, sailing, boating, walking, history, culture and arts, natural environment, built environment, shops, restaurants, pubs, entertainment, essential services and facilities eg disabled facilities and access. A photographic archive and video sequences are also planned in the future.

The site will also act as a hub linking other sites within Caradon and Cornwall. Emphasis will be given to developing the out of season market and attracting overseas visitors.

In addition to the Chambers substantial financial contribution, the main partners who have assisted with the match funding include: Looe Town Council, Barclays Bank PLC, Looe Harbour Commissioners, East Looe Town Trust, Looe Town Forum, Looe Development Trust and central to the project, the Looe Community Computer and Business Centre which is also an Objective One project.

The site will include a dedicated Chamber of Commerce area accessed by password where members can offer mutual support, a bulletin board and opportunities for networking. Chamber members will receive a free line entry, with the opportunity for an enhanced presence and links to their own site.

It is hoped the majority of the site will be on-line before the start of the main tourist season. The town project management group are inviting applications to tender for the four contracts to produce the site:

1. Site sales
2. Marketing and promotion
3. Writing/collation of content
4. Technical updating

If you would like to receive the tender documents or for further information please contact Beryl Tregear on 01503 220160 or email


Editor's notes:



Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388

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