Can­celled stu­dios meet­ing causes row

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A ROW has bro­ken out be­tween Pinewood Stu­dios and a parish coun­cil over meet­ings to dis­cuss progress of a multi-mil­lion pound devel­op­ment.

Pinewood Stu­dios and Iver Parish Coun­cil had been due to meet last month to talk about the stu­dio’s £200m ex­pan­sion, which started be­ing built this year.

A meet­ing had been sched­uled to take place on Jan­uary 19, but this was then brought for­ward to take place on Jan­uary 13 in­stead.

Pinewood then sug­gested that there was no need to meet on Jan­uary 19, but Iver Parish Coun­cil was un­happy with this de­ci­sion.

It wrote to Pinewood to ex­press its dis­ap­point­ment and has re­leased a state­ment which said: “Iver Parish Coun­cil are dis­ap­pointed that a meet­ing planned so far in ad­vance was can­celled by Pinewood Stu­dios at short no­tice.

It adds: “What the parish coun­cil in­tended was to show will­ing­ness to com­mu­ni­cate with Pinewood Stu­dios and forge a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship.

“A re­fusal to meet could be mis­con­strued as a re­fusal to en­gage with the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the elec­torate and can do lit­tle else but in­stil more dis­trust of Pinewood’s in­ten­tions amongst the res­i­dents.”

Pinewood Stu­dios says it only can­celled the meet­ing be­cause an­other one had taken place days ear­lier and, with an­other sched­uled for Jan­uary 29, felt the Jan­uary 19 one had be­come un­nec­es­sary.

An­drew Smith, the stu­dios’ direc­tor of strat­egy and com­mu­ni­ca­tions, said: “We have a his­tory of reg­u­larly meet­ing with coun­cil­lors at parish, dis­trict and county lev­els, as well as run­ning a se­ries of public ex­hi­bi­tions.

“We can­not be ac­cused of not keep­ing the public well in­formed about our devel­op­ment.”

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