Thurrock Sports Hub: One step closer?

THE QUESTION OF a Thurrock Sports Hub goes before the ruling Labour cabinet on Wednesday evening.

It is nearly three years since a feasibility study was conducted regarding whether there was scope for the development of a “community sports and wellbeing hub” in the borough.

Schemes and ideas have come and gone. The Terry Venables Academy of Dreams in Aveley seems to have evaporated.

However, the whole issue of a hub seems to be now an issue that council leader John Kent wants to push along at speed rather than kick into the long grass.

The report that goes before cabinet appears to favour a site at Blackshots.

However, capital costs of such a site may cost in the region of £34 million.

Many of the sports clubs in the area have show interest. Thurrock Rugby Club had over 300 supporters at their first game of the season and have stressed that they can be a club matching Premiership clubs such as Gloucester and Exeter, which have smaller populations than Thurrock.

There will also be the question of a football stadium or hub. The report stresses that they council have to consider the needs of all five clubs in the borough.

The report also indicates that the land may be facilitated but it is then for the organisations to come up with the financing.

Grays Athletic are keen to return into the borough and representatives have held talks. The fans dreams may well depend on the role that Weston Homes may wish to play now that they have built on the old Bridge Road ground.

There may well be objectors in the local area. When the DC put on a display for the North Grays design brief a few years ago, it was the idea of building on Blackshots that was the object of many of the residents ire.

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