The amount spent has been branded a #8220;truly shocking waste of public money#8221; by the Save Newlands Corner Campaign Group, which says Surrey County Council spent an additional £39,000 on other plans for the site.
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#8220;Why did SCC not consult local people before starting this project? How did such an ill-conceived project get this far? Will SCC now leave Newlands Corner alone without unwanted parking charges and without developing it into a #8216;visitor attraction#8217; to make money?
The figure does not include staff costs.
The Save Newlands Corner Campaign Group previously said the play structures would change the countryside irrevocably, calling it the ‘Disneyfication’ of the site .