A MAN who has spent more than 20 years creating his dream home fears all his hard work could be wrecked by road planners.
Nigel Rowland, of Pinfold Lane, Northop Hall, has enjoyed renovating his cosy cottage, which dates back to 1640.
Now he fears his lifestyle will be ruined if a proposed new road linking the village with the A55 - which would run within yards of the property - is given the go-ahead.
'I'm devastated,' said the 63-year-old self-employed landscape gardener and tree surgeon.
'It will shatter the peace and quiet. I have even created a large wildlife area in the garden, but all the birds and animals will be driven out if we get heavy traffic pounding past the cottage.'
Nigel lives in the property with his wife Annette and son Lee.
He has launched a campaign with other villagers to try and get the road plan shelved.
Protestors have already collected more than 700 signatures
on a petition opposing the link road scheme.
'It will simply channel traffic through the heart of the community,' said Nigel.
'We want Pinfold Lane kept as it is. People often come down here for a stroll or enjoy riding their horses in safety.
'All the tranquility would be destroyed if a new road is built. I'm personally devastated by the road plan. I'm 63 and was looking forward to retirement in this very peaceful spot I've invested so much of my time in over the years.
'We just want to be left alone.If the road is built, everything will change.
'I have built a badger sett on my 1.5 acres and have put up nesting boxes for the birds. I don't want all that ruined.
'We have a very pleasant lifestyle at the moment, and that's the way I want it to stay.'