Thursday, July 25, 2024

Grays Town Centre fails in bid for Portas money

A BID to get a share of a £1.2 million for improving Grays shopping centre has failed.

Twelve town centres have been named as the first “Portas pilots”

The winning bids are: Bedford, Bedfordshire; Croydon, Greater London; Dartford, Kent; Bedminster, Bristol; Liskeard, Cornwall; Margate, Kent; Market Rasen, Lincolnshire; Nelson, Lancashire; Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland; Stockport, Greater Manchester; Stockton on Tees, Teesside and Wolverhampton, West Midlands.

The announcement follows retail queen Mary Portas’ review of the high street. Some 370 applications for support were made.

However all is not lost for the Grays bid that was spearheaded by Thurrock Council. Local Government minister, Grant Shapps said there would be a second batch of 12 pilots announced by the end of July.

“The best local high streets offer more than simply shopping – they are the beating heart of their neighbourhoods: places to meet, work, relax and come together as a community,” Mr Shapps said.

“It’s why this competition to become a Portas pilot has captured the imagination of the nation, with communities across the country uniting to support their high streets.”


  1. It will take a hell of a lot more than a share of £1.2m and Mary Portas to do something with Grays Town Centre, maybe the local council shoudl look at the place and then decide if they should allow even more nail bars/charity shops/pound stores/hairdressers etc after all I think Grays has now got its fair share of these places…..


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