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More than £40 million secured to regenerate Grays and Tilbury

An artists impression of the planned redevelopment for Tilbury (Credit: Thurrock Council)

Thurrock Council has secured more than £40 million to help improve Grays and Tilbury. 

The government funding will go towards reconnecting both towns with the Thames and opening a jetty in each of them to extend river bus services. 

In Grays, there are also plans to improve the station gateway and for the development of a maritime activity centre. 

Tilbury will see the money spent on new steps to open up the local beach. It will also be used to restore the historic ‘landside’ access to Tilbury Fort. 

There are also proposals to create a state-of-the-art youth facility and to restore the station hub. 

The government’s Towns Fund scheme has supplied £19.9 million for Grays and £22.8 million for Tilbury. 

Thurrock Council is now going to start the technical and design work needed to take the plans further and establish viable business cases. 

Chair of Grays Towns Fund Board, Justin Thomas, said: “This funding will provide much-needed enhancements to the environment and public realm in Grays.

“The projects proposed have the ability to accelerate the transformation that is already happening in Grays, creating lasting social and economic impact for its residents, businesses and visitors for generations to come.”

Kevin Sadler, CEO of The Gateway Learning Community and Advisory Town Board member, said: “I am particularly excited that the fund hopes to establish a fantastic, state-of-the-art youth facility that will bring much needed leisure, learning and careers support to our young people.

“It will be a beacon for opportunity and excellence that everyone in Tilbury can be truly proud of.”

To find out more about the proposed plans visit the Grays Towns Fund Board website, where you can also provide feedback to help shape further progress, at: graystownsfund.co.uk

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