WE ARE not sure if it is a fond farewell or not but the doors to Grays magistrates court closed for the last time yesterday.
For many instead of regeneration coming to Grays town centre it is another facility closing down just like the Marks and Spencers, McDonalds and indeed Grays Athletic Football Club.
Portfolio holder for public protection, Gerard Rice certainly has his concerns.
He said: “This is an expanding area with a population planned to increase to 200,000. Taking away the magistrates court seems foolhardy.
“There is a real chance that people will struggle to get to Southend or Chelmsford and we may see more bail cases which means more costs.”