WARMINGHAM Lane residents claim they are too scared to sleep at night.
In the last few months the locality has been hit by arsonists, anti-social behaviour, violence, vandalism and intimidation.
As reported in last week's Chronicle, the Turnpike pub in Warmingham Lane was struck in an arson attack at first believed to have been linked to terrorist activity.
One woman employed at the pub watched horrified as three men got out of a Peugeot 405, removed all valuables and set the car alight, before being driven away in a waiting Transit van.
When police arrived on the scene, they told witnesses the car had been driven from West Yorkshire, sparking fears the incident may have been connected to recent terrorist atrocities in London.
The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said: 'It's getting so bad around here I'm scared to sleep. It's not just this incident, it's everything. There are fires and violence almost every night - it's like living in Beirut.'
She lists a series of events which have made her and other residents uneasy in their homes.
'Fences have been smashed down, bin fires are so common they actually removed the recycling bins from the Tesco car park, youths are throwing bottles at old people's houses and there's more vandalism than you'd think was possible,' she said.
'We report it to police so many times, but it's not all their fault - they can't be everywhere. It's just what we have to put up with nowadays.'
Kevin Atherton, of Princes Crescent, believes enough is enough.
He said: 'It's getting worse and worse. Just the other night I was woken by shouting and noise in the early hours and I had to ring the police. It turns out they were attacking a day care centre - a day care centre! It's unbelievable. It was only fortunate that not too much damage was done.'
Mr Atherton is trying to force the issue higher up Congleton Borough Council's agenda.
He said: 'We keep asking the council to do something about it, but they argue it's not a high-risk area. So I've put together a petition which I sent across asking them to take steps to improve our lives. The situation here just isn't good enough.'
Alistair Cook, of Congleton Borough Council's Green-scape team, said: 'I've received the petition and it has my full attention. It has been referred to the council's executive and it will be examined fully by either the council itself or a scrutiny committee.
'It is an issue that will need careful negotiation, involving Greenscape, Highways and Property Services, but we will act as quickly as possible to see what can be done.'