PLANNING enforcement officers will look to fix a 'nightmare situation' outside a row of shops.

Residents of Highfield, in Farnworth have complained to local councillors about big vehicles driving the wrong way around the one-way system employed in front of the shops in Highfield Road.

They claim the problem is being exacerbated by people parking on the pavement and then driving back out into Highfield Road or nearby Anchor Lane.

One resident, who remained anonymous, raised the issue in the form of a question at the Harper Green area forum.

The resident said: "Despite many complaints to the council, we still have a nightmare situation with the shops on Highfield Road.

"Traffic enters the one way system and some do not realise because of lack of signage go back out onto incoming traffic. Large goods vehicles, post office vans, council bin collection vehicles are the main offenders.

"They also use the pedestrian dropped verge to go out onto Anchor Lane. These are very busy school routes."

Neighbourhood Development Manager John Pye said: "The approved scheme devised at the time of the planning application is currently with the planning enforcement team. Enforcement action will be commenced in October to enforce that original scheme.

Residents also raised concerns about untidy land to the back of Premier store, described by one person as a "rough building site/dump".

Mr Pye added: "In regards to the back of the building, the planning enforcement team are opening a case on it to check whether what is going on there is legitimate."