Thursday, February 22, 2024

Grays Athletic call for apology from councillors over misleading comments at meeting as hopes for new ground dashed

THE upset felt by Grays Athletic football club over the rejection of a planning application that would have seen them have a new home is to prompt a letter of complaint to Thurrock Council.

On Thursday evening (25 February) a planning application by the Group 1 Automotive Company to create a new car preparation plant in West Thurrock adjacent to the football stadium that used to home to Thurrock FC was rejected by the council’s planning committee.

As part of their plan to win public support, the car company had offered to gift the stadium to Grays and the community.

However, in the wake of significant local opposition led by the Aveley and Kenningtons Community Forum, and supported by local ward councillors, the application was rejected.

That has angered Grays, who felt that some of the comments by councillors about Grays Athletic during the debate, were not fair to the club – and were inaccurate.

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