Grays riverside offers a major opportunity to establish an attractive and lively riverfront for Grays.
Kilverts Field and Grays Beach Park should be joined together to form a new Riverside Park. An attractive riverfront promenade should be created that offers fantastic views and provides access to the water where possible and safe.
A new visitor destination should be established that attracts people to the riverside and brings life to Grays riverfront. This could incorporate a restaurant, café and community facilities, and could include a new theatre. The building should be truly special and become a new landmark for Grays.
New housing development around the park should overlook and animate the open space and help create an attractive waterfront for Grays.
A new pier could support the establishment of river bus services, with the proposed entertainment park on the Swanscombe Peninsula opposite serving as a significant new waterfront attraction.
- one of three options under consideration for the Thameside Theatre
- restaurant and café
- apartments overlooking the Riverside Park and Grays Town Wharf
- extension to South Essex College
- retention and enhancement of the yacht club
Heights, layout and built form:
- 4 to 6 storeys
- development at the bottom end of the High Street should be a maximum of 4 storeys
Transport and movement:
- new lane to link Thames Road with Manor Way
- shorter and more discreet access lane to the yacht club
- potential new pier on the riverfront to enable waterside access to Grays by ferries, river taxis and pleasure boats
Public realm and open spaces:
- creation of a riverside promenade and waterfront space
- establishment of a connected Riverside Park
- enhancement to the Town Wharf Square at the bottom of the High Street