Falmouth will host the world's media during the G7 Summit, and like St Ives and Newquay, this will inevitably mean an increase in security and some disruption for local residents and businesses.
The National Maritime Museum will be used as the media centre, hosting the world’s visiting press and media during the Summit.
The necessary closure of the Museum and car parks in the immediate vicinity will cause unavoidable disruption around the venue.
In order to ensure the smooth running of the event and to keep residents safe, a number of measures will be put in place, including:
- Businesses within Events Square/Discovery Quay will be closed to the public from 8am on Monday 1 June to 11pm pm Thursday 17 June.
- The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is working directly with businesses in the area in relation to the closures. If you own a business in Events Square/Discover Quay and haven’t been contacted by the FCDO, please email: G7engagement@dc.police.uk.
- Whilst some businesses will remain open, this is to provide food and drink for the delegates within the media centre.
- Tesco Express will remain open to the public.
- Square Hairdressers will be closed until after the Summit – with apologies for previously reporting incorrect information that Square Hairdressers would be open.
- Residents within Events Square/Discovery Quay and Campeltown Way will be required to produce documentation to gain access to the restricted area.
- Ponsharden park and ride/float will remain open until Thursday 10 June. It will be closed to the public from Friday 11 to Monday 14 June.
- The Dell car park at Falmouth Town train station will remain open to the public.
- The Quarry car park and Gyllyngvase Beach car park will be open to the public.
- The car park on Church Street can be accessed prior to 11am daily up to and including Wednesday 9 June. It will be closed from Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 June.
- Falmouth Town train station will be closed from Thursday 10 to Monday 14 June. People can travel to and from Falmouth Docks station – tickets will be valid. Visit www.GWR.com for more information.
- Harbour access will not be affected.
People can move around the town centre freely, without ID. Only residents of Events Square/Discovery Quay and Campeltown Way will need to provide identification to gain access to the restricted area.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to use public transport where practical and are asked to plan their journeys to allow extra time in case of delays.
For a full downloadable version of this leaflet follow this link.
Essential services/care workers
Residents who receive essential council services, or help and support from volunteers, will continue to do so throughout the event period. Suitable documentation and ID will need to be presented by those attending to gain access which will be facilitated at the check points to ensure services are maintained for those who need them.
Information about bus disruption during the G7 summit will be updated regularly. Current expectations are for the following services to experience disruption:
Monday 7 June until Wednesday 10 June
Buses may be delayed as preparations are made for the G7 Summit.
Routes affected: 17| 239 | L5 | T2 | Atlantic Coaster | Falmouth Coaster | Land's End Coaster
Thursday 11 June until Sunday 13 June
There will be delays across the network. In addition, there are several road closures, and buses will not be able to serve these roads:
- The main road between St Ives, Carbis Bay, Lelant and Tempest roundabout.
- The coast road between Trevarrian, Watergate Bay and Porth.
To reduce delays on the rest of the network, the following changes will be made:
17 - will run between Penzance and St Erth station only.
A connecting shuttle bus* will run between St Erth and St Ives Trenwith Car Park.
239 - will run 15 minutes earlier in the morning from Castle Gate, Halsetown and St Ives Malakoff bus station, then run non-stop to Tempest roundabout and Dobbies Garden Centre.
L5 - will not run.
T2 - will run between Truro, Redruth, Camborne, Hayle and St Erth station only.
A connecting shuttle bus* will run between St Erth station and St Ives Trenwith Car Park.
Atlantic Coaster - will not run.
Land's End Coaster - will only run between Penzance, Newlyn, St Buryan, Porthcurno, Land's End and Sennen Cove. Buses will not be running along the coast between Sennen Cove and St Ives, or between St Ives, Marazion and Penzance.
*a connecting shuttle bus will run direct between St Erth station and St Ives Trenwith Car Park, and a second shuttle bus will run between St Ives Trenwith Car Park, St Ives Cinema and St Ives Malakoff bus station (for St Ives rail station).
Schools outside the area may be impacted due to travel disruptions. Please check directly with the school for updates on arrangements.
The airspace across the region (Cornwall) will be closed from Thursday 10 June to Sunday 13 June. During this period, no flying is allowed, including the flying of Drones.
Pedestrians are free to use any area outside the restricted zones.
All emergency services are working to ensure that normal services continue during the event period. Access within the restricted areas for emergency services will continue as normal.
How to contact the police
There are many ways to contact Devon & Cornwall Police.
- To report non-emergency crimes online visit dc.police.uk to access online channels – WebChat, Report Crime Online and Email.
- In an emergency, when life is threatened, people are injured, offenders are nearby or immediate action is required, always dial 999.
- Alternatively, call 101 – the non-emergency number.
NHS advice and support
The NHS is working on plans to ensure there is as little disruption as possible to its health and care system during this period. You will be kept informed about changes to services as soon as possible. For help and advice contact:
- In an emergency – call 999 for help with urgent and life-threatening conditions such as suspected heart attacks, stroke, unconsciousness, or breathing difficulties.
- Non-emergency – call your GP for urgent, but not-emergency medical care.
Call 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk if you need advice when your GP surgery is closed.
- Visit www.kernowccg.nhs.uk to get details of all health services. The website will be kept updated with any changes to health services during this period.
Homelessness Services will continue to operate as normal during this period. If you find yourself at risk of homelessness, or without accommodation due to an emergency, please contact Cornwall Housing Limited on 0300 234 161 and ask for the Prevention & Engagement Team.
If you think somebody may be sleeping rough, please report this to Streetlink on 0300 500 0914 or by visiting www.streetlink.org.uk. We can then arrange for a member of our Outreach Team to visit, and make contact with the individual.
If you are a social housing tenant, and live within the vicinity of the Summit venues, please contact your landlord for any housing issues, or to request repairs. Their ability to respond within normal timescales may be impacted during this time due to access arrangements, road closures or traffic delays; they will be able to advise of this at the point of call.
Will businesses be open in Event Square during the bank holiday?
Yes, businesses will be open as normal until after the Bank Holiday Monday.
I am a carer for a friend/family member. Can I get through to visit them?
Yes, but you must have some identification linked to your home address and proof to show the address you are visiting. Any documentation you can bring to assist
officers will facilitate the process.
Are there any car parks open that I can use in Falmouth?
Both Grove Place and Maritime car parks will be closed between Thursday 27 May and Saturday 19 June. All other car parks will be open.
I have mobility issues. Can I drive or be driven within the restricted areas?
Yes, if you have mobility needs. Individual cases will be addressed on a case by case basis.
The Council’s Public Health team is working closely with the G7 organisers to ensure it is a Covid-secure event. Regular testing will be carried out amongst those people attending the Summit and the staff supporting it. Alongside these arrangements, twice-weekly Lateral Flow Testing is now free and available to all residents in Cornwall and we encourage people to take this up. You can find out where to access or collect your tests at https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk
If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 please stay at home, along with your household members and order a test online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
The council is also reminding anyone struggling with their mental health that they are not alone and support is available. Please visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/mentalhealth for more information or call the 24/7 NHS Mental Health Response Line on 0800 038 5300 if you are worried about your own, or someone else’s mental health.
Check out www.cornwall.gov.uk/coronavirus for everything you need to know about Covid-19 in Cornwall, including the latest rules and restrictions and information on testing, vaccinations and self-isolation support.
For more information about council services during G7 please contact: G7cornwall@cornwall.gov.uk
For information from Devon and Cornwall Police please visit www.dc.police.uk/G7