Outraged Bagshot residents have taken to social media, claiming they have been inadequately informed of an ‘important’ public consultation.
The Proposed Village Centre Improvements consultation, to be held on Friday and Saturday, will discuss the spending of a six-figure donation by the Notcutts development.
Despite the consultation being open to the public, many residents claim they did not receive the information leaflets which were said to have been distributed.
Andrew Willgoss, committee member of the Bagshot Society, said: “A number of residents have voiced serious concerns about the lack of publicity and in particular, the way it was squeezed onto a Conservative party flyer.
“This is not the right way to publicise this event and politicises the consultation.
“I think people need to know how shambolic and shoddy this is.”
Tina Carney, events manager for the Bagshot Society, said on Facebook: “Very few people in the village received the leaflet, which first mentioned the consultation to be held this weekend.
“Until Cllr Valerie White put these details on her Facebook page, most of us were in the dark about this consultation.”
She added: “The leaflet was actually a Conservative party newsletter edited by our Surrey County Councillor, Mike Goodman, and not a message specifically from the local councils.
“Conservatives seem to have taken ‘ownership’ of how this money should be spent.”
However, Surrey County Councillor Mike Goodman said a task group was created to consult other Bagshot councillors and Surrey Highways.
“It is not a political consultation,” he added.
“We made the mistake of not putting up the information on the website but that was due to one of the councillors’ illness and that was rectified as soon as we realised.”
Ward councillor for Bagshot, Councillor Valerie White, said in a statement: “I take full responsibility”. She also confirmed that she had been ill for the past 12 days.
A Surrey County Council spokesman said: “We have actively tried to publicise this by distributing letters and publishing details on our website.
“We value the views of our residents.”
Following complaints, the consultation has been dropped by its original hosts, The Brook Church.
It will now take place at The Three Mariners in High Street on Friday (February 17) at 2.30pm and Saturday (February 18) at 10am.
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