Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Thurrock Council’s parks boss slams Anglian Water as Grays Beach Park floods again

Update: 1630 hrs

Thurrock Council was made aware yesterday (Sunday 31 July) that Grays Beach Park is flooded again despite being told by Anglian Water that the problem was fixed.

Last week, some of the sand play area in the Park was waterlogged but by Friday (29 July) Anglian Water, the responsible organisation, assured the council that the reason for the issue had been resolved.

Following Anglian Waters advice, the environment team waited until the next day, Saturday, before removing fencing after it was confirmed the water hadn’t returned.

Cllr Pauline Tolson, Portfolio Holder for Environment is furious the water is back despite being told the problem was fixed.

“We have had to take a team off their usual duties this morning to return to Grays Beach Park and re-erect the fencing to ensure the public is kept safe.

“We know our residents want to enjoy our community spaces, particularly during the summer holidays and we should not have to wait days on end for Anglian to find a permanent solution.”

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FOR THE past week, the beach section of Grays Beach Park has been closed due to flooding.

With the cafe closed and no toilet facilties, it had led to a very frustrating time for local residents who like to use the park.

By Friday, the council had announced that the beach was fully functional again.

However, a reader was in the park on Monday and it looks like the beach is flooded again.

YT has contacted Thurrock Council and is awaiting a response.

Grays Riverside councillor Martin Kerin said: "It is beyond disappointment that this much-loved family attraction is, once again, rendered "out of action".

"Grays is on the up but having this happen to our beach again, will raise questions about the current administration’s commitment to the town."


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