Council bosses have rejected claims two of their policies show they are ‘anti-small business’.
They came under fire at the full council meeting on Thursday, September 22 for making a £39,000 bid to the Government under a controversial recycling incentive scheme.
At the same meeting it was claimed small businesses on Whalley Road, Clayton-le-Moors will be hit by a bus lane if another council bid for funding - the Pennine Reach rapid bus scheme - is successful.
Traders say they will struggle if customers are not able to park outside their shops.
Under the supermarkets initiative residents would be given £5 in vouchers in return for helping improve the local authority’s recycling rate by one per cent.
Supermarkets have been invited to take part in the scheme, which is scheduled to launch in April 2012.
Independent Nick Collingridge said: "What we’re saying is we are giving money to supermarkets to increase their trade and putting a bus lane in front of small businesses that will close, there’s no two ways about it. The one thing they said was we will come and give you the keys the day they put the bus lane in.
"A butty shop on there is surviving purely on passing trade and won’t survive with people having to park 200 yards away."
Opposition leader Coun Peter Britcliffe said: "We have a surfeit of supermarkets in the borough and they are quite capable of looking after themselves.
"It’s short sighted and it’s wrong and will do nothing to attract small businesses.
"I hope small traders will be up in arms and protest every time they see those extra people going into supermarkets."
Former Tory markets chief Coun Marlene Haworth added: "It really scares me that we are doing this."
Executive member Coun Munsif Dad said: "We need to increase our recycling rates and send less landfill so we can ensure the residents don’t pay increased council tax."
Council leader Miles Parkinson added only the supermarkets could handle the logistics of delivering vouchers to 36,000 homes.
He said: "You could imagine a small trader being inundated by people asking for £5 off their steak fillet. That’s the practicality of it.
"This also means people won’t be going to supermarkets outside the borough and hopefully that overspill will go to the rest of the borough."
On the bus lane he added: "To do nothing is not an option in the area. We are working closely with LCC and Pennine Reach and will now look at the parking facilities on Whalley Road.
The actual Pennine Reach scheme supplies 110 additional parking spaces.
"Heaven forbid the council doesn’t want a bid of £6.1 million for the new bus station."
If the scheme was dropped it would spell the end of hopes that Accrington could get a new multi-million pound bus station, Coun Parkinson added.