THE next year promises to be an exciting one in Thurrock, says Leader of the Council, Cllr John Kent.
“There’s a lot we know will be going on and there’s a lot we’ve been promised,” he said.
“In Grays alone we will see two tremendous developments that will help transform the town.
“The South Essex College will open in September, bringing thousands of students and hundreds of tutors and back room staff flocking into Grays boosting the local economy.
“At the other end of the High Street, new life will be breathed into the former Magistrate’s Court building with new businesses and local entrepreneurs taking advantage of its key position in the town.”
Cllr Kent said: “The High House Production Park at Purfleet is another area where the excitement is growing as more artists move into the studios and the Royal Opera House is looking to build a brand new costume store and workshop in the area too.
“Thurrock is also restoring its historic links with the River Thames. London Gateway DP World is continuing to grow as is the Port of Tilbury and the Thames Oil Port at Coryton is also producing some exciting plans for the future.
“Then there’s the crossing. Despite our best efforts – the council, local businesses and most importantly local people – the government hasn’t listened and seems determined to plough ahead.
“We’re still committed to no new crossing in Thurrock and will continue that fight throughout the coming year – and beyond if necessary.
“We are promised an end to the toll booths – if not the tolls themselves – in the autumn. Free-flow tolls will help ease the congestion and should bring to an end the daily queues, strengthening our argument that, with a full investment in Junctions 30 and 31, no new crossing is needed, now or in ten or 20 years.”
Cllr Kent said: “The coming year is going to see many changes to Thurrock as the borough’s businesses and business community continue to work with the council and build on the successes of 2013.“We’re working together for the benefit of all local people, improving education, improving the job market and improving the built environment.”