Morrisons to 'explore all possibilities' regarding Romford leisure centre
PUBLISHED: 14:45 25 June 2015 | UPDATED: 15:15 25 June 2015
Havering Council has moved to ease fears about Romford's long-awaited leisure centre after rumours circulated Morrisons was set to pull the plug on the deal.
The supermarket chain has appointed property agents to “fully explore all possibilities” in Romford and some believe it is reconsidering plans to build a supermarket on the former ice rink site in Rom Valley Way.
It had been suggested it will instead put the site on the market to be sold.
The saga has rumbled on since 2011 when it was announced with a three-year schedule.
Responding to the claims, Cllr Melvin Wallace, cabinet member for culture and community engagement, said the plans were still going ahead.
He said: “We are determined to hold Morrisons to their contractual obligations – which will deliver a new leisure centre for Romford, as planned.
“Morrisons do not yet own the Rom Valley Way site – and the only way they will own it is to deliver the leisure centre as promised on Western Road.
“If, having met their obligations, Morrisons then choose to sell the Rom Valley Way site, we will use all of our planning powers to ensure that the site is developed appropriately and in keeping with the needs of the town.”
A Morrisons spokeswoman said: “We continue with our discussions with the council, however, we are also in the process of reviewing our new store requirements.
“As part of this process we need to consider all available options and have appointed property agents to fully explore all possibilities for our property interests in Romford.
“We appreciate that the community is keen to see the site progress but we have to conclude the review process before a decision can be made.”