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£25 million plans to transform Tilbury submitted to government

Improvements to Civic Square are included in the proposed plans (credit: Thurrock Council)

A £25 million plan to transform Tilbury has been submitted to the government.

The changes proposed include a state-of-the-art youth facility, a brand new jetty and improvements to the town’s station hub.

Plans submitted by the Tilbury Towns Fund Board are aimed at reconnecting the town with it’s riverside, port and heritage to celebrate it’s history.

It’s been proposed a youth facility is situated in Anchor Fields and will include a training kitchen, multi-sensory room, sports hall, dance, music and film studios, plus an outdoor 3G pitch and skatepark.

Other projects include significant work around Tilbury station and improvements to Civic Square which is also set to have a new £20 million integrated medical centre.

The proposal also includes opening up Tilbury beach and riverfront with new steps to create better access.

Restoration of the historic ‘landside’ access to Tilbury Fort has also been submitted to allow easier pedestrian and cycle access to the ancient monument, and to Coalhouse Fort.

It’s hoped with the changes, the Thames Clipper could extend river bus services to Tilbury.

Funding will come from a share of the £3.6billion Towns Fund, after Tilbury was selected to potentially receive up to £25 million to help improve infrastructure, drive economic growth and increase job opportunities.

Chair of Tilbury Town Board, Peter Ward, said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to build on the close links between business, the town and Tilbury’s diverse community.

“The transformational projects put forward in this bid have been shaped by residents and local businesses, people who live and work in Tilbury.

“I am very excited about the prospect of what we can achieve and the significant difference we can make together celebrating Tilbury’s community and rich heritage.”

Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, added: “The fantastic projects being put forward in the Tilbury Town Investment Plan will see Tilbury’s children enjoy high-quality youth facilities and learn about our great heritage.

“Coupled with the new integrated medical centre, this is one of the last pieces in the jigsaw to make Tilbury a great place to live, work, learn and play – a place we can all be proud of.”

Vice-Chair of the Board and MP for Thurrock, Jackie Doyle-Price, said: “This investment plan embraces Tilbury’s strongest attributes – it’s sense of community and unique maritime heritage.

“Quite simply, it will finally give Tilbury the love and opportunity it has been crying out for. These new facilities are what the people of Tilbury deserve.”

Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Cllr Mark Coxshall, added: “I’m delighted that the government continues to recognise the opportunities which exist in Tilbury.

“The town plays an important role in our nation’s history and economic growth, and its ports are the gateway to the world.

“Tilbury has an amazing past and a successful bid will secure an amazing future.”

For more information on the proposals, head to the Tilbury Town Board website.

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