WORK has not yet started on a town square despite plans to complete the project by the end of this year.

The proposals for a public open space next to the Colchester Town Station were put forward in October 2011 and it was initially hoped it would be opened this February.

But the square has faced several delays after negotiations with landowner Greater Anglia took longer than expected and a contractor went bust. A revised opening date in April, to tie in with the official opening of the new magistrates’ court, also had to be put back.

Members of Colchester Council’s finance and audit scrutiny panel were told by an officer on Tuesday the square was still due to be completed by the end of 2012.