THE next step in creating a new “vision” for Grays is being taken over the coming few weeks.
After nearly 1,500 people took part in a Thurrock Council consultation looking at the future of the town, a series of workshops are to be held in April and May to develop the work already done.
Various survey methods were used to try and achieve as wide a selection of views as possible including telephone, face-to-face, and online. Grays School Media Arts College also ran the survey in the college and over 270 responses were received from their students.
Questions ranged from “how often do you visit Grays?” through to “how do you get there?” and “why do you visit?”
People were also asked how they “rate” the town, what improvements they would like to see and how would they improve the town.
At the same time a survey of businesses and other organisations based in and around the town centre was carried out to try and understand why they have come to the town centre, what changes business think might improve Grays as a location, and what roles should be considered for the town in the future.
Results from the surveys are now available online by going to the council’s home page – thurrock.gov.uk – and following the links to Consultations and Grays Town Centre.
The information will be used in a series of workshops – involving people who took part in the surveys and who said they were interested in continuing the work.
Cllr Andy Smith, portfolio holder for regeneration, said: “I would like to thank all the people who took part in the consultation. I’m sure many of us will have our ideas about Grays and how we should move things forward.
“The future of Grays is a very important part of the council’s regeneration plans and we want to get it right, so we needed as many people’s views as possible.
“Now many of those same people will be taking the next step forward with us, looking more closely at the possibilities, the pros and the cons, and helping develop a town that will be attractive and successful.
“We already have momentum generated by the new college which is even now starting to rise between the Civic Offices and the river, and we want to build on the enthusiasm of local people shown in the survey responses and such things as the Grays Town Partnership.
“It is also clear that we need to tackle congestion in Grays. I have therefore requested a review of the one way system and how to get access to the multi storey car park. I am keen to improve public realm and walking, cycling and public transport as important elements of the regeneration of the centre”