Cancelled studios meeting causes row
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.”