SANDHURST Town Council was accused by former Mayor Ray Earwicker of giving preferential treatment to the town's Girl Guides in fully funding a new store for them on the Memorial Park. Mr Earwicker said that the Guides were making no financial contribution at all.

But Coun. Dale Birch said he was totally nonplussed at the continued unseemly attacks by the ex- councillor on the Guides and their need for facilities.

"Back off!" he declared, adding that the council funded lots of organisations, not all of whom gave financial support.

"You will find that the public are absolutely behind what we are doing," he maintained.