Have your say about the future of Grays
Date posted: 19-02-2013
PEOPLE living, working and shopping in Grays are to be asked to have their say about the town’s future.
Over the coming weeks a number of surveys and workshops are to be held to help define where the council should target its support.
These will involve face-to-face interviews at Grays railway station from 22 February to 4 March; telephone interviews in the five council wards in and around Grays plus the two Chafford Hundred wards, again from 22 February and until 8 March.
At the same time – and running until 11 March – an online survey hosted by Enventure with a prize draw prize will be held.
Following the surveys, workshops will be held to flesh out the ideas
The development of the South Essex College campus at the southern end of Grays will see an injection of an estimated £45 million into Grays – bringing thousands of students and staff into the centre of town.
In addition Thurrock Council, which has commissioned the surveys, is considering proposals for the former Magistrates’ Court building and other ways of investing in the town and its infrastructure.
Cllr Andy Smith, regeneration portfolio holder, said: “High Streets up and down the country are struggling at the moment, as the economic downturn continues and people shop online.
“Grays is no different though despite what people believe the town has fewer empty shops – about nine per cent compared to a national average of over 14 per cent.
“Since Lakeside opened, Grays has lost its traditional role as Thurrock’s main shopping centre but it does have a lot going for it – the railway and bus stations ensure it’s easy to visit and that lots of people come into town; the council offices, library and other public buildings are in the town centre; the market remains popular and well used; and the college development will also have a positive impact.
“But most important is that the views of people who already use the town are considered and their ideas about Grays and its future are heard and acted upon.”
The online survey will be available from 22 February via the consultations link on the council’s website www.thurrock.gov.uk
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