BRYNN Street bus route protesters claim their children are being forced to live like prisoners in their own homes following a new 'catastrophe' to hit the traffic troubled area.
The latest road traffic incident in the street involved a truck which was in collision with a lamppost and now residents are urging a council re-think on the bus route before the next accident involves a child.
Joanne Dennett, who is leading the campaign, said: 'How many more accidents and potentially near death incidents involving buses and trucks does it have to take before the council realise that they are making a big mistake with the route?
'This area has seen virtually no through traffic apart from residents and visitors and now it's open to buses and any other vehicles that want to use the street.
'It's like we are being told 'we won't allow dogs - but we will allow wolves'.'
The protesters, who are being supported by Derek Twigg, Halton's MP who has voiced sympathy with their situation, have slammed both Asda and Halton Borough Council, claiming they have failed to come up with a reasonable solution
In a letter to Mr Twigg, Claire Healey, property communications manager for Asda, said: 'We have looked into the suggestion of diverting the buses through the store's car park. However, this is not feasible.
'The site has been difficult to regenerate and the current route for buses is the most direct and safe route possible.'
Mrs Dennett said: 'This is a street - not a road and we would argue that common sense alone would make it obvious that buses don't belong here.
'As we have already seen one truck carelessly marauding into a lamppost, which is now bent and unsafe, on the verge of collapsing.'
'Not all drivers using the route are skilled drivers and we fear that the next accident will be one involving a child.'
A letter to residents from the council states that residents had been contacted between 1999 and 2002, allowing them to voice their concerns.
Despite the letter the residents are adamant that they were not consulted.
Helen Jackson, of Brynn Street, said: 'We were never consulted on the development, the council were never in contact. They went ahead without consulting residents and now we have to put up with 28 buses going past an hour - it's a nightmare.'