Grays growth

Town centre north

Orsett Road is an important affordable location for smaller and independent businesses in the town centre. It provides convenience stores, specialist shops and services, but also caf├ęs, restaurants and takeaways.

A combination of traffic changes, public realm and shop-front improvements should transform Orsett Road into a pleasant street that is attractive and safe for pedestrian and cyclists, yet also provides short term parking to support passing trade.

We are currently considering the future of the Thameside Complex. One of the options is to retain the theatre on its Orsett Road site. The current facilitates would be retained until an alternative was available.

Most important:

  • shop-front improvements are proposed to uncover the charm of the historic parade of shops and deliver a coherent design approach to the street scene
  • reintroduction of 2-way traffic, the provision of short-term parking and an improved pedestrian environment should enhance visibility and passing trade and support the continuing vitality of this street