Monday, December 4, 2023

More good news for Thurrock shoppers

LAST WEEK it was announced that the Council-run car parks and on-street car parking will be free on Saturdays during December,

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.”


  1. Bit of a shame that there is very little left in the way of shops in Grays other than pound stores, charity shops and bookmakers…..

  2. Don’t TBC realise that New Grays will never be like Old Grays?
    They sold it out to Lakeside and Morrisons.
    People don’t want to shop in Grays anymore!
    Its horrible!

  3. I hadn’t been to Grays since Grays Ath played their last home game at the rec. I had the misfortune to have to go there last weekend. What a dirty old hell hole it’s become! A complete dump. It may seem a cliche these days but I can honestly say that, walking down the high street, I heard nothing but foreign voices. The market was a shadow of it’s former self and rubbish was strewn everywhere. It didn’t seem like the town I used to know, it was a foreign place. I won’t be going there again anytime soon.


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