THE former Thurrock FC football ground at Ship Lane, which has stood unused since April 2018 could be reborn as a new community football facility with an artificial pitch reports the Thurrock Independent.
The club folded in 2018 after owner Tommy South decided he wanted to step aside from the game that had been the passion for much of his life and he was unable to find a buyer.
The site has been on the market priced £2,950,000 and now a company are consulting about taking it on as part of their plans to bring new jobs and industry to the borough.
Group One Automotive is seeking to develop land adjacent to the ground for a car preparation facility, which they say will be a ‘dynamic international business bringing new investment and new jobs to the area”.
As part of the proposal Group One automotive intends to refurbish the football stadium and create a new floodlit all-weather 3G pitch.
The company is already seeking consultation with local residents, saying: “The intention is to provide a focus for male and female football users of all ages in this part of Thurrock, so that the young and not-so-young in the community can enjoy playing the beautiful game in the evening as well as during the day, every day of the week.
“We are in the early stages of planning and would like to hear local views on how to make sure it’s a win for you, for business and for life in your community.”
Residents in Aveley have been leafleted by the company and two events have been arranged at the ground when more details of the scheme will be given and residents can contribute their thoughts.
They are on Tuesday, 25 July from 4pm to 9pm and Saturday, 27 July from 10am to 1pm. They have given an email address of firstname.lastname@example.org and details of a website at www.thurrockfcconsultation.co.uk, though it does not appear to be running yet.