COUNCILLORS are adopting a cautious approach as they try yet again to find a developer to expand Camberley's shopping centre.

Having drawn up a shortlist of four companies, they now want to see at first hand what the quartet have in mind.

The Surrey Heath councillors are visiting shopping and leisure facilities in various parts of the country which, the developers say, highlight what they hope to achieve in Camberley.

A meeting will be held on June 19 to award the contract.

Members will take into consideration the public's views on how the land west of Park Street should be developed.

An exhibition detailing the four developers' initial blueprints ended its tour of the borough last Saturday.

Coun. Gordon Parris, town centre working party chairman, said: "The public's views will assist us, together with other essential reports, in coming to what will be a very difficult decision.

"We aim to get what is best for the town and the borough - a development that we can all be proud of."

It is still anyone's guess, however, when building work will start on the council-owned car park site.

The choice of a developer is just the start of a tortuous planning process which could last well into next year.

But having waited since the 1980s for the land to be developed, shoppers will simply believe it when they see it.