Prince Charles accused of green site 'hypocrisy'
Prince Charles has adopted a "hypocritical" attitude towards green issues which promotes a system of one rule for ordinary people and another for the rich and powerful, according to Cornish nationalists.
Campaigners claim that at the same time as the prince was delivering a speech about environmental sustainability to the Rio 20 Earth Summit in Mexico, he was going ahead with a scheme to bury acres of Cornish countryside under a retail park.
In a video address to the summit, the Duke of Cornwall warned of the dangers of destroying the environment. He said: "We need to be much more informed about the actual state of the planet – wiping out so much of the world's vital biodiversity and removing our chances of storing carbon naturally."
Responding to the address, Mebyon Kernow (MK) spokesman Alan January said he was baffled by what he claimed were the prince's double standards.
Mr January, who is chairman of MK's Truro-Falmouth branch, said: "I think the hypocrisy of Prince Charles is unbelievable. He is the man ultimately responsible for the East of Truro development, which will put acres of green farmland under a mass of concrete, drastically reduce the biodiversity of the area and expand the urban sprawl of Truro even further." MK led a campaign to fight plans for the East of Truro development on Duchy of Cornwall land in Tregurra Valley at the top of the city's Tregolls Road. The site will include a park-and-ride, supermarket, local food hall and 100 houses. It is supported by Cornwall Council, Taste of Cornwall, Waitrose and the Duchy of Cornwall.
Truro councillor Conan Jenkin said he was also appalled by what he described as the "duplicity" of Charles' comments.
"People of all shades of political opinion rallied together to fight the East of Truro development," said Mr Jenkin. "The Duke's statement on protecting the environment should be welcomed, but the East of Truro development appears to show that it's one rule for normal people and another for Prince Charles."
MK parish councillor in St Newlyn East, Rod Toms, added: "Mebyon Kernow has been leading the fight to defend Cornwall's environment from poor planning decisions, to help build a better strategy for Cornwall and to stand up to the large developers. As the CEO of the Duchy Estate, Prince Charles should be aware of what we say are the unsustainable policies pursued by his 'development company' and admit the damage they are about to do to the east of Truro."
The Duchy of Cornwall was asked for a comment last week, but has yet to reply.