Traders are hoping for a say in how to spend £250,000 earmarked for Ilkeston by the developers of a supermarket on the Derby College campus.
They have already spoken to the firm guiding the project, which includes a new college on the site of the former magistrates’ courthouse.
And they hope Erewash Borough Council will accept they should contribute to the debate on how the money could be used to revive the town.
Chamber of Trade chairman Sharon Flint said: “Free parking should be part of it.”
Members agreed to write to the council saying they should be consulted on the spending of the cash which would form part of what is known in planning law as a Section 106 agreement.
Despite the advice of officers, who felt the Morrison’s supermarket scheme should be rejected, Erewash councillors voted for its approval. A detailed application will now be drawn up and that will also need the backing of the planning committee.
Richard Snow, the council’s development control manager, said: “Currently, neither the planning conditions nor the section 106 agreement have been approved and, as such, the planning permission has not yet been granted.”