Information re Local Disruption for G7 Summit
Information from Police and other reliable sources will be placed in this blog regarding local disruption to accommodate the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay. Whilst the summit is at Carbis Bay hotel, the disruption is widespread and I’m tempted to think staying home and catching up with all those jobs we put off might be the best option. However, some of the disruption is going to last more than a few days and do note, it is not just Carbis Bay that is the focus!
The G7 Summit is taking place between 11-13 June in St Ives, but note that Falmouth and Newquay Airport are providing support venues for the event.
Before then, security fences will be installed around key venues; there will be road, rail, aviation, maritime and footpath closures and restrictions and some diversions; all are being put in place to ensure the safety and security of the event for both residents and the delegates (we are told)
- In the St Ives and Carbis Bay area the A3074 (St Ives Road) will be closed to all traffic from 9am on 10 June until 11.59pm on 13 June. Security barriers and fencing will be installed from the 4 June and there will be some initial short-term disruption, but full closure is not planned until 0900 on 10 June. The Old Coach Road via Halsetown will be used to provide access to St Ives and delays are expected (under statement of the year, me thinks).
- In St Ives local amenities will largely remain open, and all beaches other than Carbis Bay will be accessible.
- St Ives town centre and harbour will be open. In Carbis Bay, the section of the South West Coast Path which runs through the Carbis Bay Hotel will be closed with a temporary diversion in place.
- In Falmouth, where the Maritime Museum at Event Square will be used as the media centre for the G7 Summit, both Grove Place and Maritime car parks will be closed between 27 May and 19 June. Campbeltown Way will be closed to traffic between 27 May and 19 June. The car park in Church Street will be closed for pay and display 10 to 13 June
- Around Cornwall Airport Newquay – there will be a number of road closures and parking restriction orders in place around the airport for the duration of the event, beginning at 6pm on 9 June, and ending on 11.59pm on 13 June.
- Some restricted areas in St Ives and Falmouth will require residents and business workers to provide two forms of current identification linked to their home or business address in order to gain access in vehicles to those homes or businesses. These might be a council tax bill, utility bill, bank statement (within the last three months) or driving licence.
- Businesses within the perimeter and in the immediate vicinity of Cornwall Newquay Airport will be contacted shortly by the Cabinet Office with specific identification requirement instructions.
- Any delivery driver or service provider seeking entry to restricted areas will need to provide proof of manifest / order confirmation to the address that they are seeking to access along with their personal company ID. The same principle in terms of suitable documentation and ID will need to be presented by any care workers or similar (e.g. charity volunteers who are providing support to residents within the community).
- Pedestrian access will be restricted in areas of the immediate vicinity of key areas and people will be subject to security checks. Only residents will be allowed access to these areas.
There is a dedicated G7 Summit website, www.dc.police.uk/G7, to provide up-to-the-minute information so that people can stay informed. The website includes useful information including a news section and answers to our most frequently asked questions. There are localised maps of the affected areas which show road closures and restrictions, along with diverted routes, so people in and around the area can plan their journeys.
The website also has information for those planning to organise or take part in protests, although I think they mis the point of a protest really as groups are expected to have their protest quietly, out of sight of those attending the summit and will be stopped from causing disruption!
The latest on protest sites, after a review is:
Following concerns raised about the identified protest site in Truro for the G7 Summit, partner agencies have reviewed the information and identified an alternative site at Boscawen Park and Lemon Quay will no longer be used.
Some concerns around the Church Street Car Park site in Falmouth have been reviewed, and the space has been reduced to the lower car park and partners are exploring an additional site elsewhere. Details of this will be released early next week.
“Cornwall Council is continuing to urge anyone organising a protest to contact them at G7protest@cornwall.gov.uk so they can provide advice and guidance on how to do so safely and respectfully, and with the minimum impact on those living and working in the area.”