Protesters gathered yesterday to call on Carbis Bay Hotel to ‘stop the destruction’ of local wildlife.
It comes after the hotel chopped down a number of its trees ahead of the G7 Summit.
Cornwall Council‘s planning enforcement team has been asked to investigate the work that is being undertaken.
It’s because the hotel started the work without planning permission from the local authority.
Meanwhile a previous planning permission for work on the site to build eco lodges was refused back in 2018.
The hotel’s actions have caused uproar amongst locals because they claim to be “one of the UK’s best and greenest destinations”.
In a statement, Carbis Bay Hotel said: “Part of our long-standing plans for the estate included clearing a small self-seeded scrubland area to the side of the hotel, and work on this area started years ago.
“We can confirm this was not ancient woodland and there are no badger sets on this piece of land.”
They said they are working closely with a local landscaping team to increase planting in the area to replace the scrubland with a “plethora of trees and plants” which they said would be “more suited to the coastal environment.”
Meanwhile, the South West Coast Path remains open.
Yesterday, members of the Resist G7 Coalition gathered in Carbis Bay to hold a protest against what they called the “environmental destruction” being carried out by Carbis Bay Hotel ahead of the summit.
A spokesman for the Coalition said: ““We felt it necessary to come here today, despite the pandemic, to let Carbis Bay Hotel and the G7 leaders know that we won’t stand by while they take destructive action.
“The hypocrisy of the world leaders discussing the climate crisis in a so-called eco hotel that is destroying woodland is staggering.
“Carbis Bay hotel thinks it can ignore planning laws because of the G7. We’re here to tell them they can’t and that they will be held to account for their actions.”
They further stated: “The action taken by the hotel is a small glimpse of the reality facing Cornwall as it prepares to host the summit. Local people will be ignored, their voices will not be heard and their movements will be restricted.”
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