Eco hotel hosting G7 summit causing ‘anger and disappointment’ after cutting down trees for development

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A Cornish hotel with an eco-friendly reputation that is due to host the G7 summit has been accused of hypocrisy by locals after pulling down trees as part of a redevelopment of the site.

The Carbis Bay Hotel near St Ives has denied damaging ancient woodland as it clears nearby scrubland for further development ahead of the summit – but allegations that trees have been pulled down to make way for building work prior to the submission of a planning application has caused local concern and claims of a “crazy amount of deforestation”.

Cornwall Council told The Independent it is currently reviewing the hotel’s planning application, but added: “We have received a number of complaints in relation to work already being undertaken at the hotel, which the council’s planning enforcement team is investigating.”

After concerns were raised by wildlife campaigners, a group called “Resist the G7” staged a protest near the hotel over the weekend. A spokesperson said: “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.

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