Yesterday,deputy leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Val Morris-Cook joined with Grays Shopping Centre manager Keith Evans to announce more good news for local shoppers and businesses.
The Grays multi-storey car park — which is already free at weekend — will be offering free week-day parking for two hours from 1 December to 31 December.
At a meeting of the full council on Wednesday (22 September) evening, Cllr Val Morris-Cook, announced that all council-owned car parks would be free on Saturdays throughout December.
She said: “At the last cabinet meeting we agreed 15 minute free stop-to-shop on-street parking in Grays in an effort to help businesses in these difficult times.
“We’re going to extend that. Throughout December, each Saturday car parking in the council’s car parks will be free.”
Speaking afterwards, Cllr Morris-Cook added: “Local shops and businesses are having a tough time and we want to do something to help.
“There are five Saturdays in December, four before Christmas and one afterwards. This is the busiest time of the year for shopping and we want to be able to make things easier for shoppers.
“If you’re doing your shopping on a Saturday, you won’t have to pay to park your car.”
She added that the council would have to follow process and get the move signed off by cabinet before December.
Cllr Morris-Cook added: “The council and Grays Shopping Centre management are working together to help local businesses and local shoppers. I would urge people to take advantage of these offers and shop in town as much as possible in the run-up to the festive period.”