Ambitious regeneration project to be discussed by Thurrock Council

Thurrock Council Offices

NEW jobs, health facilities and homes are set to come to Thurrock through major regeneration schemes that will be discussed by councillors.

When Thurrock Council holds their first full council meeting of 2019, they will discuss the redevelopment work that is taking place across Tilbury, Purfleet, Lakeside and Grays.

These four areas have been dubbed “growth hubs” by the council.

A council report published ahead of the January 30 meeting says that for Tilbury, the council has secured £2.2million of funding through an EU scheme, which will contribute towards “community led local development”.

This will allow local organisations to bid for council funding for “volunteering, skills development, employment and business support projects”.

The programme will run from 2019 until 2021 and is expected to attract “significant” investment in the town, while also catering to the demands of residents.

The report states: “This level of funding for this type of activity focused solely on Tilbury is unprecedented in recent times and has the potential to change the lives of large numbers of Tilbury residents.”

In Purfleet, the council is aiming to make several community improvements including building homes on the riverfront and making improvements to infrastructure by replacing a level crossing with a pedestrian and vehicle bridge.

The first part of the redevelopment is expected to move forward in the Spring when the council considers whether to give planning permission to 61 new homes.

An application has also been submitted for Government funding that will address Purfleet’s “historic infrastructure deficit”.

A new “21st century town” is to be built around Lakeside Shopping Centre, with early plans proposing up to 2,500 new homes, a medical centre and a school. A planning application for this is expected to be considered by the council in the Spring.

Grays is also undergoing regeneration work, with the town centre set to benefit from an extension to the Civic Offices, a new underpass under the rail line, a new public square and more homes.

The redevelopment of the Civic Offices is likely to be at the forefront of these projects, with a planning application expected sometime in the first quarter of the year.

New medical centres in Tilbury, Purfleet, Corringham, and Grays are also expected to continue to be developed throughout the year. The council aims to have these replace Orsett Hospital, which is being closed under a major healthcare transformation scheme.

More details on the projects will be discussed at the full council meeting at 7pm on January 30.

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