Saturday, September 23, 2023

Thurrock Council Cabinet back £50 million Town Fund proposals

PROJECTS proposed to drive transformational regeneration in Grays and Tilbury gained support ahead of a possible £50 million government Town Fund announcement.

Councillors approved a report at Cabinet on Wednesday 7 July to progress plans without delay building on momentum and ensuring delivery for both towns.

If funding is secured Grays could benefit from significant investment to open up the riverside, providing a new active space to enjoy that embraces the town’s maritime identity and celebrates its rich heritage. Proposals for Tilbury include a new youth facility to be delivered with OnSide who have a track record of delivering exemplar youth services across the country, investment in the riverside to restore the beach and a possible passenger jetty and a river bus service into London.

Cllr Mark Coxshall, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Strategic Planning and External Relationships, said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to harness significant government investment to make lasting, positive changes for residents who live and work in Grays and Tilbury. We have listened to the local community who helped shaped these proposals and I thank everyone who has shared their views with us.

“In Grays, there is a clear emphasis on reconnecting the Town with the riverfront and the station gateway so that residents and visitors of all ages have more reason to stay and play. Tilbury’s Civic Square will be revitalised and plans could see a new first-class youth facility to address long-standing calls for increased support for our younger residents.”

Grays and Tilbury were selected by the government to receive their share of a new £3.6billion funding pot to help improve infrastructure, drive economic growth and increase job opportunities. Both are one of 101 places to benefit from the new Towns Fund and will potentially receive up to £25million. To find out more about the proposed plans visit the Grays and Tilbury Town Board website where you can also provide feedback to help shape further plans.


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