Grays shop fronts could be set for a facelift

SHOP owners in Grays town centre are now eligible to apply for a grant of up to £3,000 towards improving their shop front.

Since the Shop Front Improvement Scheme began in Thurrock in 2013, seven shops in the borough have benefitted.

Stanford-le-Hope in particular has seen four successful grants which is making a difference to the look of the High Street. Kings Street, and the central parade.

Shop owners in Aveley, Stanford le Hope, Socketts Heath and South Ockendon are still eligible to apply for the grant.

The latest scheme includes the High Street shops and all the surrounding roads, including Orsett Road and Cromwell Road.

The grants are available to small and medium sized stores and not the larger national businesses.

Local councillor and Leader of the Council, Cllr John Kent, said: “There are some really good developments happening in Grays at the moment – the college and the former Magistrates’ Court for example.

“These – along with others that will be coming soon – makes it an exciting time to be in and around the town.

“I am keen that local shopkeepers are able to benefit from these developments, so I would urge local shopkeepers to see if they are eligible and to take advantage of the scheme if they can.”

A similar – but £2,000 maximum – grant will also be available to traders in the Grays market.

Businesses trading on either the Friday or Saturday markets could be eligible for a grant to cover the cost of a “continental stall” which are stronger and have a shorter assembly time.

Shopkeepers and stall holders in the area who are interested in applying should contact the council to find out if they’re eligible on 01375 652271. Further details on the scheme can be found at: www.thurrock.gov.uk/shop-front-improvement.

Anybody interested in applying for a pitch at Grays market please visit www.hughmark.co.uk

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