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Wetherspoon plans for State Cinema approved

19 July 2021
JD Wetherspoon's planning application to transform The State Cinema has been given the green light.
The iconic Grays building is set to be returned to its former glory after new plans gained approval from Thurrock Council’s Planning Committee last week (Thursday 15 February).
Plans will see the much-loved George Street building fully refurbished and transformed into a public house at the heart of Grays, creating new jobs and boosting the town’s economic recovery.

Multi-million investment for Grays

15 July 2021
The regeneration of Grays has taken another significant step forward after being awarded £19.9million as part of the government's Towns Fund scheme.
Proposals submitted by Grays Towns Fund Board include reconnecting the town with the river, improving the station gateway, and creating a brand new riverfront destination possibly including a maritime activity centre and jetty. Thurrock Council can now begin technical and design work in order to progress these ideas and establish viable business cases.

State back on track as JD Wetherspoon submit new plans

17 May 2021
The State Cinema is back on track to return to its former glory as JD Wetherspoon submits new planning applications.
Thurrock Council welcomes this progress towards the development of a bar in the heart of Grays which will create new jobs and help support Thurrock's economic recovery.
Cllr Mark Coxshall, Cabinet member for regeneration, said: "I am delighted Wetherspoon has now submitted new applications. These have been validated this week and will be going out to public consultation imminently.

£25million plans submitted to transform Grays

10 March 2021
Grays is one step closer to securing up to £25million of government funding to accelerate the regeneration of the town by reconnecting it with the river, improving the station gateway, and creating a brand new beach destination and maritime activity centre.
Grays Towns Fund Board submitted once-in-a-lifetime plans to transform the town into the leisure heart of Thurrock, making Grays a healthier and more attractive place to live, work, learn and play.

Time-lapse camera captures the transformation of Grays

20 November 2020
Works set to transform Grays reached a significant milestone recently as the construction of a new Civic Centre extension started.
To capture the first of many transformational projects set to regenerate the town, a time-lapse camera has been installed. The camera lets residents to watch real-time, minute-by-minute footage of the building work, by going to thurrock.gov.uk/timelapse

Chance for residents to help secure funding for Grays

19 November 2020
Grays Towns Board is asking residents to share their feedback, ideas and suggestions to help ensure the Town Fund Deal is the right deal for the people who live and work in Grays.
The Grays Town Fund website is now live. It gives local residents and businesses the opportunity to:

Funds for Grays accessible play area and bus terminal improvements

2 November 2020
Grays is set to benefit from a fast-tracked cash injection of £750,000 that will see the delivery of a new fitness zone and accessible play area in Grays Beach park, as part of the government's £3.6billion Towns Fund.
Multiple projects have also been identified by Grays Town Board to share in the accelerated funding, including improvements to the bus terminal, a new wayfinding system and Towns Fund Hub to enable local residents to directly engage in the process of securing further funding next year.

Transformation of Grays takes significant step forward

22 July 2020
The transformation of Grays has taken another step forward as the initial design concept of a new pedestrian walkway was approved by Cabinet on Wednesday 22 July.
Thurrock Council and Network Rail will now be able to explore how the concept can be designed in more detail to achieve a bright, open and fully accessible finish. It will link the riverfront and High Street, and provide a green space at the heart of the community for everyone to enjoy – miles away from the traditional idea of an underpass.

Grays Town Board meet to progress plans to secure up to £25million

2 March 2020
​Work is progressing through a newly-formed board that will play a key role in securing up to £25million in funding for Grays town centre.
The Grays Town Board met last week (Thursday 27 February) to develop a bid for potential multi-million-pound government funding, reviewed the fund’s boundary and prioritised a potential projects list to help define the vision and strategy for Grays.

Calling all residents who live, visit, work and learn in Grays

27 February 2020
Thurrock Council wants to hear from residents that live, visit, work and learn in Grays to help inform and shape the town’s regeneration ambitions building on previous consultations.
The Transforming Grays consultation invites residents, as well as local businesses and community groups, to share their views on potential projects. These include the initial design concepts for Grays underpass, which has received £11million funding from the government's Local Growth Fund, to help identify a preferred option to take forward to the design stage.