Concerns have been raised about tree roots which have been lifting block paving in Swadlincote’s High Street causing a trip hazard.
It comes after an elderly woman tripped and narrowly avoided falling on the raised blocks around the roots of trees in the town centre.
The paving surrounding four trees at the Morrisons' end of the busy street have already caused an elderly shopper to trip after they have risen about a quarter of an inch from the ground in some parts of the street.
Now South Derbyshire District Council has said it will be making improvements to the area, with future plans to replace some of the trees.
One Swadlincote shopkeeper spoke to the Burton Mail after witnessing an elderly woman trip and almost fall. She managed not to go all her length as she used her shopping trolley to stop her falling.
The trader, who did not want to be named, has said that because more events are now taking place further down High Street, more needs to be done to deal with the dangerous paving.
He said: “We now have a makers' market down this end of town now which is fantastic. However, there are a few trees where the paving has lifted about a quarter of an inch, and someone is going to hurt themselves.
“I saw a lady almost fall. She had a shopping trolley. She tripped on the paving and fell but the trolley caught her. But it could have been a lot worse. I saw it happen outside my shop and went to her. She wasn’t hurt but she was in shock.
“There are four trees causing the problems.”
A spokesman for South Derbyshire District Council said: “The damage to paving has been caused by the roots of trees planted in the high street many years ago. It has been reported to us and our cultural services technician and tree officer are dealing with it.
"To address the damage, an order has been placed for small improvement works to take place.
“Longer term, the officers are looking into a programme of works to remove some of the trees where they have lifted the paving stones and replace them with more suitable species.”