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Residents abused for driving to own homes in Hayle

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: February 12, 2014

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THE decision to make a popular Hayle route a pedestrian-only walkway one day a week has led to residents who live there being hassled by members of the public who believe they are flouting the law.

King George V Memorial Walk is closed to vehicles on a Sunday to allow walkers to make the most of the route – but people who live there are allowed to drive.

However, one person who lives on the walk has complained she was the target of abuse for driving to her own property.

Hayle Town Council has been forced to issue a warning reminding people that vehicle access is permitted along the walk at all times.

Town clerk Eleanor Giggal said: "There have been reports of incidents, to the extent where cars have been attacked and their drivers verbally abused when they are merely driving to their own home."

Residents of the walk have now been issued with permits which will be displayed on their windscreens.

Ms Giggal added: "It is great to see that so many people are making the most of the King George V Memorial Walk on Sundays when it is closed to the vehicles.

"However, all users must remember that it is closed to vehicles, except for access. We ask that all users respect that some people will need to drive to and from their properties."

The town council is urging people not to take any illegal action, but instead to report car registration numbers to the police if they believe someone to be in breach of the law.

Police are aware of the incidents which have taken place and will be making regular visits to the walk on Sundays.

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