Exciting new vision for Grays Town Centre

A VISION of Grays with a 600-seat theatre and entertainment complex overlooking the river, a new look rail station and underpass, plus links between the town park, Grays Beach and Kilverts Field was discussed by councillors on Wednesday (20 January) night.

Members of the Planning, Transport and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee were being given a short preview of the latest proposals for the town.

Now local people are being asked to join in and give their views as the Grays Development Framework consultation runs until the middle of February.

Head of Regeneration and Assets Matthew Essex presented the proposals to the committee and chair, Cllr Brian Little said afterwards: “There’s no doubt these plans are exciting with the potential to take advantage of Grays’ natural assets while also transforming the town; linking it with the riverfront; and making it more accessible with a different road system plus improved cycle and pedestrian access.”

He said: “But this is not for the council to impose on the people of Grays, it is for the people of Grays to look at the plans and tell the council what, in their opinion, works and what doesn’t.”

A consultation on the proposals started on Thursday, (21 January) and is available online through the council’s website (thurrock.gov.uk) and clicking on the Have me say button or by going direct to thurrock.gov.uk/graysfuture.

More details of the proposals are also available at thurrock.gov.uk/grays-growth/grays-town-centre-plans.

Consultation boards and a short questionnaire will also be available in Grays town centre until the consultation closes on Tuesday, 9 February and they will be staffed at advertised times.

The consultation will also be taken to particular meetings or events that take place during the consultation period such as the Thurrock Business Board.

The proposals look at new homes, new shops and restaurants, job opportunities, creating an evening economy, and an attractive new riverside for residents and visitors, as well as a better railway station and a better connection between the town and the river.

Cllr Little said: “It is important to remember these proposals are not set in stone; they are proposals. Officers have worked hard to create them, but it is important as many people as possible who live and work there get involved and have their say.

“Once the consultation is over any revisions to the proposals will be made and it will be put to cabinet in March.”

People will be able to examine the consultation boards at Grays Library, between 21 January and 26 January; the Civic Offices in New Road, from 27 January to 4 February; Grays Shopping Centre, 5 February to 6 February; and South Essex College, 8 February to 9 February.

These areas will be staffed and visitors encouraged to come and talk about the proposals at Grays Library, on 21 January, from 10am to 2pm; the Civic Offices, on 28 January, from 2pm to 5pm; Grays Shopping Centre, on 5 February, from noon until 4pm, and 6 February, between the same times; and South Essex College, 8 February, noon to 4pm.

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