MORE than 1,000 people have signed a protest petition in a bid to block plans for a quad bike course in the countryside.
Families in the rapidly-growing area of Leighton have joined forces with people in neighbouring Church Minshull to fight plans for the course, which they say will trigger traffic dangers on narrow country lanes.
They fear the scheme, earmarked for land at Spring Farm on Moss Lane, Coppenhall, would lead to many more vehicles using the lane, putting walkers and drivers at risk.
A petition was yesterday lodged with Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council demanding the scheme is thrown out.
Moss Lane resident Ian Williamson, 33, who is spearheading the campaign, said: 'As a lorry driver I am well aware of the dangers of driving on winding country lanes and in some places Moss Lane is only wide enough for one car.
'Turning the land into a quad bike course would only make matters worse. Dangers would be increased by additional traffic and the noise of the bikes is something families really do not want.'
Highway Authority chiefs want a traffic report before giving their views and environmental health wants a noise assessment.
Parish councillors have objected on the grounds of noise, inappropriate access and disturbance to livestock.
They claim a quad bike course at Barthomley is not fully used and a moto cross site at Warmingham Lane generates noise.
The scheme has been put forward by G J Motor Sports of Tilstone Lane, Hough.
The applicants claim access to the site has good visibility and the bikes, with four stroke engines, would not produce excessive noise levels.
They say only five to 10 cars would visit the site at peak times and the course would be located far enough from housing not to cause a nuisance.
The scheme is to be considered by borough planners in January.