TRAFFIC along one of Crewe's busiest roads is making life a misery for homeowners who say they are being forced to sell up to escape the chaos.
Residents of Wistaston Road say they are fed up with the damage caused to their vehicles by traffic using the narrow thoroughfare between the town centre and West Street, and say their rights are being infringed by inadequate parking.
They are demanding immediate action as safety fears about cars and lorries speeding along the route grow, and are angry that town planners are allowing more and more businesses to colonise the side of the road opposite their homes.
Adrian Jardine, who has lived in the road for nearly 25 years, said: 'Since I have been living here the traffic has increased four or five-fold.
'Damage to vehicles, with wing mirrors being clipped off and the like, has become a daily occurrence, and we are finding that people won't come to visit us because they know they cannot park. That isn't on.
'Our quality of life is being trampled on, and even as residents look to move to escape the problems, the value of their homes is constantly being reduced as the traffic gets worse and worse.'
Mr Jardine also hit out at the borough planning authority for designating the right-hand side of the road for light industrial and commercial use.
A row broke out recently when employment agency Advance Personnel relocated to the road, with residents objecting to large boulders placed on the verges and the possibility of late-night pickups of agency staff.
But, following talks, Jason Canny, managing director and founder of Advance, agreed to keep pick-ups going from High Street, saying he sympathised with the residents' plight.
He said: 'The traffic situation is far from ideal and I realise our land was used as a car park while it was empty.'
Cheshire County Council has been asked to consider a number of options for the road, including physical speed restrictions, residents' parking permits and converting land on the corner of Stewart Street into a car park.
Crewe and Nantwich borough councillor Joy Bratherton said: 'I think the Stewart Street option is well worth pursuing, though I think we've gone as far as we can with speed bumps in the town.
'I will back the residents all I can in getting something done.'
A Cheshire County Council spokesman confirmed a traffic survey had been recommended for the area.