PEOPLE in Marsh are putting up a united front to stop a taxi firm setting up shop.
Mr Azizur Rehmam wants to turn an empty flower shop at 1 Haywood Avenue into a telephone booking private hire taxi office.
But angry neighbours say the move to open the 24-hour office would cause huge problems in their small community.
Mr Rehmam, who lives on Storths Road, Birkby, was forced to re-think his application, put forward in January, after Kirklees Council highways officials opposed the move.
They objected to his plans to have cars parked outside the business.
Mr Rehmam withdrew the application when he was told it would be rejected as it stood.
Now the protesters fear he will re-submit the plans.
The residents, backed by Lindley ward councillor Tony Brice, object on two grounds - they say the cars would add to an existing parking problem and also create extra noise at night.
Clr Brice said: "The application is totally unsuitable and would be out of character in the heart of a residential neighbourhood.
"There is bound to be disruption caused by cars coming and going. Also, parking issues should be taken into account.
"If the proposal is re-submitted I will back the residents and fight the plan tooth and nail."
Robin Tindall, 71, who lives on Adelphi Road, a few hundred yards from the site, said: "I am opposed to the company setting up shop because I think there will be more cars parked outside, adding to the existing problem of residential parking.
"I think there will be a lot of noise late at night with car doors slamming. The elderly residents are particularly nervous about this."
Muriel Heaton, 68, who also lives on Adelphi Road, said: "I think more noise would be created through people coming round here late at night to order taxis.
"The applicant has said he will limit the number of cars parking outside the property.
"But I believe more and more cars will come and pull up."
A council spokeswoman said: "The proposal created a lot of resident objections and the lack of off-street parking was a big factor in our recommendation for refusal.
"He may re-apply after consulting further with highways officials. The residents will be kept informed of developments."