THE Yateley School playing fields development row rumbled on this week with Liberal Democrat and Tory politicians continuing to lob custard pies at each other while they await the results of preliminary discussions about the possible sale of seven acres for housing.

Hart Liberal Democrat Leader, Coun. David Simpson, said that the Conservatives had been "playing with semantics" in denying that there was any truth in the suggestion. He said the final decision might not have been made, but plans were fairly advanced if the decision to sell was made.

The Liberal Democrats had been accused of "scaremongering" but Coun. Simpson asked who was right - Conservative councillor Mark Fullbrook who claimed the fields "were never at risk" or MP Gerald Howarth who had said that preliminary discussions were under way.

Mr Howarth said it was "simply untrue" to say that plans were well advanced.

"I entirely agree with the Liberal Democrats that the idea of selling off playing fields is a non-starter," he said. "In the event that there is a specific proposal it will be put out to local consultation at that point. Will Sarell is not a dictator -he is a good headmaster trying to do his best for his pupils.

"If there is a proposal, let us see what it looks like and my personal opinion is that the people would reject it -but I still think the Liberal Democrats are scaremongering -they are notorious for this."