- Title: G7 summit 'a nightmare' say Cornish business owners
- Date: 9th June 2021
- Summary: ST IVES, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JUNE 8, 2021) (REUTERS) ST IVES HARBOUR PEOPLE WALKING ALONG STREET PEOPLE SITTING ON PIER PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE ICE CREAM SHOP SEAGULL SITTING ON BIN AND FLYING AWAY PEOPLE SWIMMING COUPLE SAT IN DECK CHAIRS GIRL PLAYING IN WATER PEOPLE ON BEACH ST IVES, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JUNE 9, 2021) (REUTERS) SIGN ADVISING OF ROAD CLOSURE DUE TO G7 SUMMIT BARRICADES ON STREET VARIOUS OF SIGNS ON CLOSED PEDESTRIAN PATH ROAD SIGNS ADVISING THE PUBLIC TO AVOID THE AREA DURING JUNE 5-13 POLICE ON MOTORBIKES RIDING THROUGH TOWN PEOPLE BY THE BEACH (SOUNDBITE) (English) 54-YEAR-OLD OWNER OF ST IVES BOAT RIDES, MEGAN STEEDS, SAYING: "The G7 itself and the people coming here, and all the world leaders coming here, great. But the impact on our business and the fact that we've just been kind of left to fend for ourselves effectively with no compensation it's a bit kind of, a bit disappointing really, and obviously, financially, the impact is going to be massive for us." VARIOUS OF BOATS IN THE HARBOUR STEEDS TALKING TO CUSTOMER (SOUNDBITE) (English) 54-YEAR-OLD OWNER OF ST IVES BOAT RIDES, MEGAN STEEDS, SAYING: "We've had so many cancellations, it's having a massive impact on our business. Normally at this time of year, we will be absolutely packed and we'd be fully booked all day long and it's just not happened. It's you know, people have been ringing up cancelling left, right and centre. So yeah, it's been completely detrimental to our business." PEOPLE BY WATERFRONT NAVY VESSEL OUT AT SEA OFF COAST POLICE ON SPEEDBOAT VARIOUS OF JAMES TANNER, 23-YEAR-OLD SKIFF MASTER ON A BOAT (C) VIEW OF ST IVES COASTLINE FROM BOAT TANNER DRIVING BOAT NAVY VESSEL OFF CARBIS BAY (SOUNDBITE) (English) 23-YEAR-OLD SKIFF MASTER, JAMES TANNER, SAYING: "Because of the G7 only half of the fleet is working at the moment, so there is normally - as you see over there, we've got loads more boats and our trips have been halved from it, they've put us in a restricted zone, we'll go to the edge of the restricted zone now where we're allowed to go, okay?" POLICE BOAT (SOUNDBITE) (English) 23-YEAR-OLD SKIFF MASTER, JAMES TANNER, SAYING: "I thought it would be bad, yeah I thought it would be bad but it's a lot worse than I thought it was going to be, so I don't really know, we've lost loads of money and it's just a nightmare for us working down here." EXTERIOR PELS CAFE VARIOUS OF 50-YEAR-OLD SARAH SPRATLEY AND 56-YEAR OLD RHODA MARLOW WORKING IN CAFE (SOUNDBITE) (English) COUNTER ASSISTANTS, 50-YEAR-OLD SARAH SPRATLEY (L) AND 56-YEAR-OLD RHODA MARLOW (R), SAYING: SPRATLEY: "It is quite divided, isn't it? Some people don't like the fact that it's here, they don't like the fact that the roads are closed, the fact that all these people are going to be here. I just think it's quite exciting, I think it's lovely to see." MARLOW: (SPRATLEY STILL IN VISION AT START OF SOUNDBITE) "Because it's not the easiest place to get into if there are a lot of road closures, is it? Really, but yeah it is divided, opinions are divided." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING BY ST IVES HARBOUR CARBIS BAY, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JUNE 9, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF HOUSE WITH FLAGS OF G7 MEMBER NATIONS
- Embargoed: 23rd June 2021 14:13
- Keywords: Carbis Bay Carbis Bay hotel Cornwall G7 G7 summit Tregenna Castle businesses locals police reactions residents
- Location: ST IVES AND CARBIS BAY, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: ST IVES AND CARBIS BAY, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Europe,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001EGOJIH3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: With just hours before world leaders descend on Cornwall for the G7 summit, residents of the coastal town of St Ives were concerned on Wednesday (June 9) about the impact the gathering is having on their lives and businesses.
Told to expect disruption or avoid the area over the next week visitors are staying away, starving the tourist town of much-needed footfall.
Megan Steeds, the owner of St Ives Boat Rides said the financial impact on her business would be "massive" as customers had been cancelling bookings.
Sarah Spratley, a cafe worker said it was exciting to have the G7 come to Cornwall but she understood many locals were frustrated with road closures.
Train stations, roads, and footpaths in the immediate vicinity of Carbis Bay hotel and Tregenna Castle, where the summit will be held, were closed.
More than 5,000 police officers from across the country have been deployed to the area.
The G7 will be the first in-person meeting of leaders of major developed economies for nearly two years and will focus on the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.
(Production: Natalie Thomas, Ben Makori, Lucy Marks)
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