HUNDREDS of Oswaldtwistle people have signed a petition protesting about what they believe are plans to introduce a bus lane through the town.
But a county councillor says no such scheme exists and has condemned "misinformation".
The protesters fear a bus lane would take away parking spaces along the main Union Road, leading to a loss of trade for shopkeepers and residents being unable to park outside their own homes.
Hyndburn Council leader Peter Britcliffe received the petition against Lancashire County Council’s Pennine Reach Rapid Transport plan last Friday.
He said: "I’m very happy to support the protesters as the scheme poses a dire threat to traders and residents who could lose parking spaces."
The 700-signature petition was collected by Tony Duckworth, who owns the Washbowl launderette on Union Road.
He said: "Our business will lose on-street parking as a result of these proposals. Our customers don’t like the idea and neither do our neighbours and their customers. That’s why we decided to get a petition going."
But County Councillor Dorothy Westell claimed that parking in Oswaldtwistle would not drastically change as a result of the scheme.
She said: "There is nothing to defend. It has never been proposed that we should have bus lanes in Oswaldtwistle.
"The proposals state there would be a restriction in parking early in the morning and late at night. I think it is unfortunate that people are being given incorrect information about the proposals.
"I would like Councillor Britcliffe to pass the petition on to me and I will ensure that all those people who are on it know the proposals that have been put forward."
A county council spokesman said there would be some parking restrictions at peak periods only, from 8am to 9.30am and from 4.30 to 6.30pm.
When told of the county’s comments, Councillor Britcliffe retorted: "Perhaps it’s like Dallas and we have dreamed it all."
The county council has not yet finalised the scheme which aims to improve transport times on the circular route between Hyndburn and Blackburn – but it has promised to listen to the views of the public.
Final proposals are expected to be published this autumn.
The circular route from Blackburn passes through Rishton, Great Harwood and Clayton-le-Moors into Accrington, with the return loop going through Church and Oswaldtwistle.