Community fundraiser launched to save Cadgwith Cove fishing lofts in Cornwall

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The Cadgwith Cove Fishing Trust has been formed to try and purchase the winch house, gear loft and cold storage building, all of which are used crucial to Cadgwith's fishing industry.

John Trewin says all three lofts coming up for sale at once is unheard of. Credit: ITV West Country News

Tommy Phillips who fishes out of Cadgwith fears the lofts may become holiday lets or flats if funding isn't secured to preserve them for those that fish out of the cove.

Tommy Phillips fishes aboard Scorpio with his father Danny. Credit: ITV West Country News

Many Cadgwith residents are supporting the campaign, including Sarah Stephens.

Cadgwith resident Sarah Stephens says losing the fishing industry here would be a disaster. Credit: ITV West Country News

The hope is that Ruan Minor Parish Council would take on the freeholds of the buildings with covenants in place to require the buildings to be used by fishermen for as long as they are needed.

Cadgwith is the most southerly fishing port in mainland Britain. Credit: ITV West Country News

Over £300,000 is needed to purchase the lofts, it’s hoped this can be raised througha local council tax rise, grants and crowdfunding.

You can donate to The Cadgwith Fishing Cove Trust's fundraiser here.

The three lofts surround the cove in Cadgwith. Credit: ITV West Country News