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Residents hit out at council and say Legoland inquiry will cost taxpayers a ?significant sum?

Residents hit out at council and say Legoland inquiry will cost taxpayers a ?significant sum?

Tara O'Connor

Disgruntled residents have submitted a formal complaint to the Royal Borough following a decision to approve a new haunted house ride at Legoland.

The amusement park won an appeal to build the new ride following a four-day public inquiry held at Royal Windsor Racecourse in October.

Chairman of the West Windsor Residents Association, Helen Price, sent a letter to the council and those who spoke in support of the borough’s decision to refuse the ride. 

It was written before the decision to approve the ride was made and states: “Should the council win, this would still cost the council taxpayers a significant sum as we bear the cost of the team representing the council.”

After Legoland won its appeal to build the ride, an independent planning inspector ruled the Royal Borough would have to stump up the legal costs for the hearing.

The total cost has yet to be established but is expected to be substantial.

The letter also asks questions about how the inquiry was handled, including whether any councillor or official was briefed on its progress.

Helen told the Express: “We sent the email sent to RBWM nearly a month ago. There has not been an acknowledgement let alone a reply.

“A formal complaint has now been lodged, which means if this matter is not resolved satisfactorily the Local Ombudsman will be involved.”

A spokeswoman for the Royal Borough said: “We can confirm a letter from residents was received by the managing director and we will respond in due course.”

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