Traffic protest in Caleb's memory
TRAFFIC was stopped by campaigning residents of a Hayle estate battling for better speed restrictions after the death of a young boy.
More than 100 people marched through the town calling for traffic-calming measures along Loggans Road in memory of Caleb Hollow, who died after being hit on the stretch in December.
And days earlier around 50 people joined his grieving family to make a human wall at the spot where the 11-year-old was knocked down while crossing the road to catch a bus to school.
"I think it went brilliantly," said Caleb's mum Dawn Chapman. "There was so much support, I couldn't have wished for better."
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A police escort followed the banner-waving protesters through Hayle on Saturday as they made their way towards the recreation ground and back to the library where town and county councillor John Pollard was holding a surgery.
Unaware of the surprise demonstration, they handed him a petition complete with hundreds of signatures calling for a safe crossing along Loggans Road.
"Caleb's family and friends have done really well at this difficult time and organised a very clear message with their petition," said Mr Pollard, who added that he will now forward the signatures on to the relevant council officers.
"The professionals will make their recommendations but I am very hopeful that some traffic-calming measures and a crossing point to the bus stop will be created which will slow the traffic, make everyone aware of the dangers and provide a safer crossing."
A number of traffic police also helped to appease motorists during the first demonstration held near the spot where flowers still lay in memory of the youngster. During the protest, town and Cornwall councillor John Coombe spoke with the assembled crowd.
Explaining that ward councillor John Pollard could not be there because he was at County Hall, Mr Coombe reiterated that everything was being done to look at the need to make the road safer.
But his words were not welcomed by campaigner Maria Ellis.
"We want action, we do not want empty promises, we want a crossing," she told him.
"We are having this crossing for Caleb and to secure the lives of every child who takes their life in their hands crossing this road."
Despite assurances that work is being done to look at the traffic issues, Caleb's family and fellow campaigners have vowed to keep fighting.
"If nothing gets done we will do this once a month, or every day if we need to," said Mrs Chapman.