ANGRY residents of a growing Nantwich estate set up a roadblock to stop construction lorries thundering down their street.
Trouble flared on the Cronkinson Farm development on Monday when people living in Hawksey Drive, Stapeley parked their cars across the entrance to the next stage of the 1,000-home development which is adjacent to their homes.
The residents were angry that lorries were still rumbling past their houses to reach the site of Millers Gate, where Jennings Homes are building more houses.
They say the lorries are a danger to young children, particularly now the school holidays have started.
Spokesman John Richardson said: 'We were told that the lorries would stop using our road, and use a temporary access to the site, as from July 20. But that has not happened.
'We have been talking to the developers and to Cheshire County Council for several weeks now, and we thought the problem would be overcome.
'But that did not happen and we parked the cars across the entrance to the new site, which is right next to our homes, as a kind of last resort peaceful protest.'
Mr Richardson added: 'We have now learned that it will be at least two weeks before a temporary access can be made to the site, because great crested newts have got to be cleared out of the way.
'So unless the contractors agree to postpone work on the site until the newts have been cleared, it appears that the safety of newts is more important than the safety of children.'
Julian Whitehurst, from Cheshire Wildlife Trust, said the area is a haven for great crested newts, which are a protected species.
He said: 'We are working flat-out to clear the site of newts as quickly as we possibly can, erecting special plastic fences during the daytime and going out with torches at night to catch them all. It is our duty to make sure they are protected.
'We have already cleared the site for the houses to be built, but now we also have to also make sure there are none where they want the temporary road.'
A police spokesman said: 'It was an entirely peaceful demonstration. I don't think the residents are really blaming anybody.
'It seems that this has gone on for several weeks and they have just reached the end of their tether.'
'They are naturally concerned for the safety of the children living in their street. We were called out by the developers and we went to the scene to reason with everyone.'
A Jennings Homes spokesman said: 'We are holding meetings to discuss the latest developments.
'Other than that I cannot comment.'