A council meeting has heard that a Romford car park earmarked for disposal has still not been sold off.

During full council on Wednesday (March 27), a question was posed by Councillor David Taylor of St Edwards ward on whether the sale of Como Street car park to council-owned Mercury Land Holdings has been finalised.

Councillor Paul McGeary, cabinet member for housing and property, said in response that the transaction has not yet been completed but "things are in progress".

The car park, along with three others in the borough, was approved for sale during a cabinet meeting held in August 2023.

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Just a week later last year, the Recorder reported that Mercury Land Holdings had already drawn up plans to build 170 homes at the site.

During last week's meeting, Cllr Taylor urged the cabinet member to hold a meeting with opposition councillors before a planning application for the site is presented.

He said: “Given a vocal opposition from a group of nearly 60 residents in the area, will the cabinet member meet the opposition councillors before planning applications are submitted?"

“Happy to meet with anyone and discuss issues. I haven’t got a problem with that”, Cllr McGeary replied.