YORK council bosses have been asked by the Information Commissioner to reveal details surrounding the collapse of the proposed sale of a car-park to one of the city’s universities.

The Press asked City of York Council for correspondence between councillors, senior officials and York St John University in the month leading up to the abandonment of plans to sell Union Terrace car park to the university, and also in the days afterwards. The newspaper also asked for minutes of meetings about the issue. The university withdrew its offer in August 2011, following a public backlash.

This newspaper made a request in November 2011 under the Freedom of Information Act,  but the council has yet to respond despite repeated follow-up requests.

Having been contacted by The Press, The Information Commissioner’s Office has now written to the council asking for it to make a “substantive response” by the end of this month, otherwise it can be forced to respond.