Three Marlow councillors will face no-confidence votes as residents vent their fury over controversial plans to build a film studios on the edge of the town.

Members of the public are calling for the resignation of the leader of Marlow Town Council Chris Funnell, deputy mayor Colleen Stapley and chair of the planning committee Richard Scott.

Polls on the three councillors’ future will be held by residents on Monday April 8 at 6pm in the Shelley Theatre, Court Garden House, Pound Lane, Marlow.

The trio are accused of not being impartial when dealing with the Marlow Film Studio proposal and of ‘not acting in the best interests of the town’.

During Monday’s meeting, which is facilitated by the town council, the electorate are expected to be given a yes-no vote on whether the councillors should resign.

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Residents will also consider whether they have confidence in the planning committee and the town council itself.

Cllrs Funnell, Stapley and Scott have been approached for comment.

Last year, Cllr Funnell apologised to Marlow residents after councillors held a secret vote in support of the development.

Details of the vote were then submitted to the Buckinghamshire Council planning portal, sparking a backlash from local people.

Following this, Cllr Funnell admitted the vote was ‘misleading’ and that the town council had not informally consulted members as had been claimed.

The council leader added: “The comments made on September 6 were a collective view of several Marlow constituency Councillors who wished to support the application by way of the detail provided.

“I apologise to the public for any confusion this may have caused and for this error for which I am responsible.”

Although the town council can have a say on the plans for Marlow Film Studios, Buckinghamshire Council, as the planning authority, will determine the application.

In October, the unitary authority deferred its decision on the proposals to establish the studios at Marlow quarry until this year.

If approved, the studios would be located on the southern side of Marlow Road by the A404 junction at Westhorpe Park.

Marlow Film Studios, the company behind the plans, has promised that the site could create 4,000 jobs.

In February, the firm sought to strengthen its bid for planning permission, by outlining updated plans to invest £20m in roads and other infrastructure.

The plans for Marlow Film Studios have been backed by James Bond director Sam Mendes, however more than 1,000 people have objected to the plans, with many raising concerns about the environmental impact of the project.