Perceptions of funding inequalities which helped to fuel riots in a deprived Birmingham neighbourhood last year still exist today, according to local business leaders.
Fazal Kapasi, chairman of Lozells/Villa Road Traders Association, said the Afro-Caribbean communities received far more financial help than Asians.
The car component retailer also criticised council leaders for neglecting the Lozells area of Birmingham both before and after the riots.
He also said any cash that did find its way into the area is usually not seen by the Asian community.
He said: "If there are any tensions still remaining it might be because of unfair funding.
"At the time of the riots, the Afro-Caribbean community was getting a lot more funding then the Asians were. In every pound the Asians were getting, the black communities were getting £40.
"The funding anomaly is highly in favour of the Afro-Caribbeans.
"The black community might have the perception that this is not the case, but if you check the figures, it shows the difference between what is rumour and what is fact."
Mr Kapasi said the local community was becoming incensed by the lack of help from the council since the riots.
He said meetings were held every two months between local traders and the local authority, but there had been no action in dealing with antisocial behaviour or environmental problems.
"There is a lot of talk but no real help. We have meetings with the council, and there is always so many plans, so many projects, but nothing really materialises," he said.
"Some money is coming through but we get the impression that there is a deliberate attempt to neglect this area.
"It is as if people think that if there is going to be one area that has to be undesirable, then let it be Lozells.
"You do not see this in Kings Heath or Perry Barr."
However, the owner of Jivaji Autofactors said he had witnessed no resentment or tension at grass roots level since the riots. Customers at the shops on the busy parade were from all the different communities, Mr Kapasi said.
He said: "We have always had a well working organisation, which has two black members and two Asian members on the committee.
"Custom is from people of all communities. We do not have inter-racial suspicions, we have suspicions against the authorities."