The legacy of the G7 in Cornwall

Press briefing | Saksha Menezes

We’re off with The Falmouth Anchor’s G7 coverage, and we started today with a press briefing from Kate Kennally, chief executive of Cornwall Council, and Councillor Linda Taylor, leader of the council, who discussed the community work that has gone into the summit and what the legacy of the summit will be for the region. 

Despite being unable to give us a figure for the whole cost of the summit or the money brought into Cornwall as a result, the recent government announcement today has estimated a £65 million package for Cornish towns, £23 million for Truro town, with an ”upwards range of £100 million of legacy investments into towns in Cornwall”. Officials estimate that the benefits of the publicity will be seen for “many decades to come”.

Media Center | Saksha Menezes

“Cornwall is in the top 3 holiday destinations in the UK but is not really known all across the world.”

“We’ve calculated £50 million in overseas growth […] particularly in the American and Australian market.”

When asked if they had one question for or expectation of Boris Johnson over the G7 weekend, they said: “I would ask our prime minister to keep promoting Cornwall the way he’s doing it. He’s given us a huge investment having the G7 summit here—we want to capitalise on that trust’’. 

Another key issue for young people is the environment, and this issue is likely to be the central focus of the protests over the weekend from Extinction Rebellion and Resist G7. 

Linda Taylor emphasised: “The environment will be on top of the agenda for this year’s G7 summit.” Boris Johnson has called the climate crisis “the second biggest challenge” after the COVID-19 pandemic. 

However, with Boris Johnson flying the short distance from London to Cornwall, we are yet to see any concrete evidence of that commitment.