FURIOUS residents are on the verge of making a huge legal claim against a developer they say is wrecking their street.
Residents of Roe Greave Road, Oswaldtwistle, have taken legal advice after putting up with months of heavy goods vehicles allegedly blitzing their homes with building waste.
Developer Elite Homes is building 80 luxury properties on land next to the street, but worried residents claim their houses are at risk of subsidence and that workmen frequently breach planning conditions.
Joanne Clarke, 33, said: "Big cracks have appeared in my bathroom since they started work. Elite Homes promised to send out a structural engineer when my house began shaking because of the heavy traffic.
"But nothing has happened. I can't believe it. We moved here two years ago and spent thousands on our lovely home."
Work began at the site in June and is scheduled to last 18 months.
Resident Pauline Bartram, 56, is leading the protests of scores of angry residents.
She said: "We aren't objecting to the work but to the fact that wagons that are supposed to have covered loads are spraying stuff all over the place. I've had to take up my hall carpet, the dirt was getting so bad. The wagons are piled up so high that anything could happen if one had to brake hard.
"We tried to discuss the problems with Elite but it doesn't want to know. We held a meeting this week with council officials but no-one from the firm came. The legal claim isn't principally about compensation but the fact that planning conditions are being ignored."
A spokesman for Elite Homes said initial work was being done by a sub-contractor, adding: "We are complying with all planning conditions on that site and the road is being cleaned to keep disturbances to a minimum.
"There are limits on the number of journeys to and from the site and we've checked to make sure they aren't being exceeded."
But ward councillor Jean Lockwood slammed the developer. "I have never seen anything like it," she said. "The wagons are up and down. Some people are so fed up they're thinking of moving."