In preparation for the G7 summit, construction on an international press centre has begun around the National Maritime Museum and Events Square. These are the restrictions that you can expect in Falmouth:
• The area will be closed off to members of the public between 1-18 June
• The Maritime and Grove Street car parks have been closed until 19 June
• Nearby residents in Events Square, Discovery Quay, and Campeltown Way will need ID for access
• Businesses within Events Square and Discovery Quay will be closed to the public until 17 June, except for those providing food and drink for the media centre
• Tesco Express will remain open to the public
• Falmouth Town train station will be closed from 10-14 June, but people can still travel to and from Falmouth Docks station, with Falmouth Town tickets still valid
Protests against the G7 are also likely to increase disruption, with Extinction Rebellion issuing an “open letter” to Falmouth residents explaining why they need to protest and outlining what locals can expect during the G7 period.
The group said: “We know that the G7 Summit will cause disruption and it is likely that our presence will add to this. We have done our best to plan our actions to be peaceful, creative, artistic and covid safe.
“We have also planned to minimise disruption, but believe that some is inevitable. We sincerely apologise in advance for any additional disruption that we cause.”
In Falmouth, dedicated protest sites have been announced on the lower Church Street car park. In Truro, protestors will be allowed to gather at Boscawen Park, replacing a previously announced site at Lemon Quay. Resist G7, a coalition of grassroot groups, plans to boycott these sites.
The G7 summit will take place between 11-13 June and be hosted in Carbis Bay, with neighbouring St Ives and other areas of Cornwall, including Falmouth which hosts the international media center, hosting international delegates and the media.