SCHOOL buses on a narrow village street are causing traffic chaos, it is claimed.
According to Tarporley Parish Council, a number of the buses ferrying pupils to the village primary and secondary schools are opting to use the congested High Street rather than the bypass or Nantwich Road.
In a letter to Cheshire County Council director of children's services Joan Feenan, clerk John Macdonald writes: 'The parish council and residents of Tarporley have regularly found the need to complain and request change to the transport service to Tarporley Community High School.
'To date responses from the county council have been sympathetic but have resulted in no change to the situation.'
Problems with parked cars the length of the busy street already cause misery for villagers and businesses who struggle to cope with the amount of traffic entering the village.
The parish council believes the situation is being exacerbated by the school's transport system.
Mr Macdonald said: 'The High Street is narrow, with parked cars and is busy with shoppers, the elderly, high school and primary school children.
'It is therefore a potentially dangerous place, made especially so by school bus operators who adopt an aggressive and intimidating approach to their journey through the village.'
Cheshire County Council say its has been aware of problems for a while and is hoping a planned meeting at the end of March will produce useful conclusions.
Spokesperson David Hope said: 'Cheshire County Council is looking seriously at ways to resolve the situation.'
The parish council, supported by villagers, fear dangers presented by the present situation and calls for outside intervention.
Mr Macdonald added: 'Having negotiated the High Street to the Eaton Road, High Street, Nantwich Road, Birch Heath Road junction this then becomes a very congested and dangerous location with buses, other school traffic, school children and local people all vying for precedence.
'The village is at times in complete grid lock with the potential for frayed tempers and accidents. The situation is so bad that the parish council is considering asking police for assistance in dealing with the unacceptable approach taken by the bus operators.'