COUNCIL chiefs declared a road as a 'nogo' area after its workmen came under fire from air-gun yobs.
And residents are furious that bins were left unemptied for days while police made the area safe.
When borough council workers were fired at in two separate incidents in Marbury Gardens, off Princes Road, Ellesmere Port bosses took the decision not to send them back without police protection.
But the move, which left bins over-flowing, has left residents of Marbury Gardens and nearby Servite Close angry about what they call a 'complete over reaction'.
Lisa Pritchard, of Marbury Gardens, said: 'We had no prior warning that this was going to happen. I had to call the council to find out why the wheelie bins were still there.
'They told me it was because council vans had been shot at with a pellet gun or something like that and they would only come into the area with a police escort. It's hardly Iraq, is it?'
The first of the shootings occurred when the council workers were carrying out routine repairs to a property in Marbury Gardens. A second shooting incident took place the following afternoon at the same location.
No-one was injured in either incident but council environmental health officials refused to allow staff back into the area until 'police clearance' was given, leaving rubbish to pile up for four days.
Miss Pritchard, along with other residents, made a number of complaints to the council about the public health risk.
She said: 'It's not good enough, not at this time of year when people have more rubbish than ever.' The council's director of housing services Rob Selby said: 'We are working closely with the police to identify those responsible for these incidents.
'They meant that the council was not able to deliver its normal high standard of service to residents in the area for fear of endangering council employees. Refuse collection was carried out with a police escort on in the Marbury Gardens area.
'We urge members of the public with any information about these incidents to contact the police or council to identify those responsible for these anti-social incidents that disrupted their services.'
Mr Selby said progress made in the police investigation will determine when normal service resumes for the residents and anyone who has any information about either of the shooting incidents is urged to contact the police on 0151 355 4066.