OUTSPOKEN Sandhurst councillor Peter North claims residents were conned into opposing plans for a youth advice centre in the town.

He accused the scheme's opponents of "demonising" local youngsters in their campaign to stop the centre being built at the Memorial Park.

Coun. North's outburst on Monday followed the town council's decision to throw out the scheme after it had been overwhelmingly rejected in a poll of local residents.

When the council vote was taken, he and fellow Tory councillor Dale Birch refused to support the call for the scheme to be rejected.

Their stance led to a demand by Lib-Dem spokesman Ray Earwicker, a former Sandhurst Mayor, for them to resign their seats.

He said they had spearheaded the campaign for the centre, and their refusal to accept the outcome of the poll showed a "contemptible disregard" for the residents' views.

Retorted Coun. North: "I didn't vote for the motion because it killed any prospect of an advice centre for young people."

He was disappointed at the outcome mainly because no-one had consulted the 4,000 youngsters in Sandhurst for their views.

In his opinion there was still a need for such a centre, but he had no idea if the council would continue to pursue it.