A RISHTON charity is involved in a furious row with a businessman who has put speed bumps down on an access road.
Mary Walker, chief executive of Lords House Farm, says a number of vehicles have already been damaged and claims the charity, which provides riding lessons for disabled children, could be forced out of business.
But Denis Taylor and his wife Gaynya, who own the lane leading to the farm, say they have been forced to take action to stop vehicles speeding past their cottage.
Both sides have now consulted solicitors as the feud threatens to escalate.
Mrs Walker alleged the Taylors were trying to force the farm to close down because they were unhappy that it had recently been given planning permission for an undercover riding centre.
She said: "If they are worried about speeding vehicles passing their cottage, why are there no speed bumps before the property? And why put them all so close together at the bottom of the road when people have to stop at our electric gate anyway?
"All it would have taken is two speed bumps at each end of the road."
She said the bumps were too big and had damaged a number of vehicles, and the parents of many youngsters had cancelled appointments because of the bumps, which have also caused problems with the farm's horse box.
She explained that because there were no passing places on the single track road, people driving into the farm usually reversed down the lane to allow vehicles to get out - a practice now impossible because of the speed bumps.
Mr Taylor, owner of DT Packaging in Burnley, has lived in the cottage for 10 years and said that traffic to and from Lords House Farm, which also has a number of llamas, had increased significantly over that time.
He said: "We put the speed bumps in a week last Monday and 95 per cent of the traffic has calmed down but there is still five per cent who think they can take the bumps at 30 and 40mph. Before that we were getting 50 or 60mph - they were going as fast up here as they were on Wilpshire Road.
"I opposed the planning application because I was concerned about traffic. They say there will be no more traffic but the road cannot cope with the traffic it has now.
"I just want common sense to prevail. If somebody from the farm wants to discuss this I will be happy to do so.
"I don't want to stop anybody doing anything and I have no problem with the farm. My concern is the volume and speed of the traffic.
"Two years ago I told them we had a problem and they said they would look at it but nothing happened. so in the end I did it myself.
"I have been as fair as I can. When they asked if they could resurface the road two years ago I said yes, and when they asked if they could cut the trees back at the entrance to make it wider I let them. Lords House Farm has done nothing for us."
Mrs Walker said that the planning application would not lead to an increase in traffic as they were already at capacity but would improve facilities for existing users, adding: "The Taylors never wanted us to get planning permission."
Mr Taylor, who said he had almost been knocked over twice while crossing to his barn, suggested the farm could build its own access road on its land.
Solicitors' letters have been exchanged between the two parties.
Mrs Walker said that if visitors to the farm were stopped from using the access road, it would be forced to close.
She added: "There is no way that an individual should be able to get away with closing a charity which works for the good of thousands of people and has had access down this road for hundreds of years."