Angered traders in Oswaldtwistle fear their businesses are being threatened by over-zealous parking restrictions.
Trader Gloria Ainsworth who runs clothes shop Cinderella on Union Road, says limiting the stay on a parking bay near the front of her shop to 20 minutes, is threatening her chance of passing trade.
She and Christine Hannon – who runs the Gobbiners cafe – feel that Lancashire County Council has taken the restictions too far.
Gloria said: "They are just putting yellow lines everywhere. If you see a shop you want to go in, you will try parking but if there are no spaces you just won’t bother.
"Fair enough, there should be a certain amount of parking restrictions but the council should build more car parks.
"No one has been consulted about this parking bay and people are being forced to park on side streets – it’s not fair on residents."
Traders put together a petition against the lack of parking last year.
They were told the clampdown was due to plans for a new Rapid Transit bus lane but the plans have not yet come to fruition.
Hyndburn council leader Councillor Peter Britcliffe says he will protest the parking issue ‘tooth and nail’ to protect business owners.
He said: "We are working very hard to make sure the situation doesn’t worsen.
"This includes trying to find extra parking space in and around Union Road.
"There is some hope at the end of the tunnel for these traders."
Lancashire County Council traffic and transport area manager David Law said the council was willing to work with traders.
He said: "Waiting restrictions on the parking bay on Union Road were introduced in response to the concerns of local retailers.
"There were previously no waiting restrictions, which meant the spaces were sometimes occupied all day by the same vehicles.
"A 20-minute waiting limit was felt appropriate to make the best use of the spaces, ensuring a regular turn-over of people using them.
"For customers requiring more time, there are nearby long stay car parks, and also unrestricted on-street parking on nearby streets.
"However, if the traders want the council to reconsider the waiting restrictions, we would be happy to look at it again."