Businesses in St Ives are reporting a dip in sales, but are optimistic that the G7 will bring future prosperity.
Businesses in Cornwall have reported a decline in sales as a result of the G7 Summit, but hope that increased awareness of their community will lead to future prosperity.
Shops in St Ives, about 1.3 miles from Carbis Bay, where the conference is being held, have reported a 75 percent drop in sales as a result of the closure of the rail station and the redirection of bus lines.
Due to the strict security measures in place around the summit, the public can only approach as close to Carbis Bay as St Ives this week.
Iron gates have been erected around the bay, and police units from throughout the UK have been dispatched to keep an eye on the situation. A total of 6,500 officers have been assigned to the mission.
However, local business owners say they are optimistic about the conference and believe it will lead to a better future for their area.
The G7 road restrictions, according to Matt Williams, 51, who runs Sands in St Ives, have resulted in a 75 percent decline in sales compared to last month.
“There has certainly been a decline in sales since tourists have been disrupted in what they are doing,” he told the PA news agency. “But I am fully in favor of the G7 as it goes, and if it means things are difficult for a few days, so be it,” he said.
“Hopefully, it will help to place St Ives on the map in the future. We’ve been busy in the days preceding up to it, but it’s died down in the last few days.”
Noall’s Emporium owner Colin Noall, 51, said business has been down “considerably” in recent days.
“We’ve been impacted…
The G7 has a lot of negative press, but it also has a lot of positive press, and it is hoped that it will bring good things to Cornwall. Personally, I don’t think so, but it’s part of the process, and they have to save it somewhere,” he told PA.
Due of the summit, some adjacent businesses, including a burger delivery service, had to close early or temporarily. (This is a brief piece.)