Villagers have made a final plea to councillors to prevent a Stanley Common landmark pub from being demolished to make way for homes.
The White Post closed last month after a rent hike forced the lease-holders out.
It is believed that site owner Walton Homes plans to build houses on the site.
Alan Walker, who lives close to the Belper Road pub – estimated to be more than 250 years old – has gathered 550 signatures against the plan.
“When you just stop and think – that building was there before the Battle of Waterloo and before the village,” he said.
“If anyone needs a landmark around Stanley Common you say, ‘oh, it’s just past the White Post’.
“And someone wants to knock it down, who’s nothing to do with the village just to make a profit – it can’t be right. It’s disgusting.”
And villager Terry Hall feared traffic problems on the busy A609: “Everyday there are as many as eight ambulances with sirens waling on the way from Ilkeston hospital to Derby hospital, using this road.”
Mr Walker said the council could impose an order to halt the demolition on heritage grounds or even because bats may be roosting there.
But Stanley councillor Linda McGraw said that, although she supported the fight, there may be little they can do.
“I understand the pub is privately owned – it’s up to the owner to determine what the future of his assets is to be. It’s really sad.
“I would like the residents to know that if they want me to take receipt of this petition I will be happy to take it forward and I support them wholeheartedly.”
The owner of the building does not have to apply for permission to demolish – just notify the council.
According to Erewash Borough Council’s planning officers, it would be illegal to demolish it if there were a bat roost but the owner could simply move the roost elsewhere.
It is up to English Heritage to determine its historical status. Listing it would give the council more power.
No one from Walton Homes was available for comment.