£1million injection for Grays Riverside

THE Grays Riverside ward has been selected to receive £1million worth of funding over the next 10 years.

It was announced on Monday that the area had been picked along with 149 other areas in the UK to receive a share of £200million.

The scheme, called Big Local, was launched by the Big Lottery Fund in July 2010 to support local areas.

Residents have 10 years to plan how the money can be best spent to make Grays Riverside a better place, with Grays town centre likely to get a much-needed boost.

It is hoped that in the long-run, the community will be better able to identify its own needs and take action in response to them.

It allows local people to make their own decisions, without big organisations or local government dictating how money should be spent to improve the area.

A preliminary meeting will now be called to bring together anyone interested in contributing to deciding how the money could be spent.

Kristina Jackson, chief executive officer at Thurrock CVS, said “I am delighted Grays Riverside has been selected as one of the areas to receive the award. There is already a strong sense of community in the area, with many individuals and community groups already striving to make a difference. “This funding will make all the difference as residents will receive training and support to help them identify priorities and develop a plan for the Grays Riverside Area over the next 10 years.”

Grays Riverside councillor Val Morris-Cook has welcomed the funding and said she believed the money could be spent on bringing more people into the town centre.

She said: “I think it’s amazing. I’m really looking forward to working with the team. “We have so many opportunities here in Grays Riverside and it’s the start of the future.

“One thing could be to look at the town centre and make it more appealing and get people using it, particularly with the new college opening up.”

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3:42pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Bernard 87 says...

This is good news. For once I'm in total agreement with Val, spend the money on Grays town centre.

Most of Grays Riverside is actually pretty decent leaving aside the town centre and the Seabrooke.
This is good news. For once I'm in total agreement with Val, spend the money on Grays town centre. Most of Grays Riverside is actually pretty decent leaving aside the town centre and the Seabrooke. Bernard 87

5:29pm Thu 13 Dec 12

aerobic1 says...

This is great news - I agree Grays town centre does need money for improvements, we also need some good named shops, along side the ones that we have - there are some reliable, dedicated shop keepers working there already. Big named shops will bring more people - such as Primark and Marks',
This is great news - I agree Grays town centre does need money for improvements, we also need some good named shops, along side the ones that we have - there are some reliable, dedicated shop keepers working there already. Big named shops will bring more people - such as Primark and Marks', aerobic1

9:33pm Thu 13 Dec 12

d_2da_ougle says...

lmao well done grays will be money well spent its all a bit long winded though isnt it im sure even the people with the most restricted imiginations would not have difficulty finding projects that a million could be spent on in grays what im saying is ten years to implement a stragety and implement funds for a project why so long surely consultations could be drafted in id say even 2 years would be long winded
lmao well done grays will be money well spent its all a bit long winded though isnt it im sure even the people with the most restricted imiginations would not have difficulty finding projects that a million could be spent on in grays what im saying is ten years to implement a stragety and implement funds for a project why so long surely consultations could be drafted in id say even 2 years would be long winded d_2da_ougle

7:24am Fri 14 Dec 12

Dave_ says...

Funding projects with such a long life worry me and in the modern era £1,000,000 isn’t a huge amount of money, a modest building project will gobble that up in no time, just watching something like Grand Designs shows that.
The problem is that the money will only put things in place, it won’t protect the longevity, unless it’s a viable business, if it’s a voluntary/community project it will require ongoing support/funding from the public purse or repeated grant applications or a generous private benefactor.
I can’t believe that we need to think about what needs doing, there have been consulatations and surveys aplenty over Grays town centre, it’s just now there’s a pot of money and the eyes are on us.
So while yes it’s good news, I doubt it will have the desired effect, as to get people into the town centre needs shops people want to use and not have to pay for the privilege.
I’d keep headline grabbing politicians like Morris-Cook as far away from it as possible. I’m sure she and other politicians want to work with people, anything for a photo op and free lunch.
Funding projects with such a long life worry me and in the modern era £1,000,000 isn’t a huge amount of money, a modest building project will gobble that up in no time, just watching something like Grand Designs shows that. The problem is that the money will only put things in place, it won’t protect the longevity, unless it’s a viable business, if it’s a voluntary/community project it will require ongoing support/funding from the public purse or repeated grant applications or a generous private benefactor. I can’t believe that we need to think about what needs doing, there have been consulatations and surveys aplenty over Grays town centre, it’s just now there’s a pot of money and the eyes are on us. So while yes it’s good news, I doubt it will have the desired effect, as to get people into the town centre needs shops people want to use and not have to pay for the privilege. I’d keep headline grabbing politicians like Morris-Cook as far away from it as possible. I’m sure she and other politicians want to work with people, anything for a photo op and free lunch. Dave_

9:08am Sun 16 Dec 12

A Dermot says...

Most of this money will be wasted on consultants. The end result will be disappointing. And nobody will know where the money went.

Last time they splashed cash on Grays High Street they spent it on brickwork pavements and expensive metal sculptures.
Most of this money will be wasted on consultants. The end result will be disappointing. And nobody will know where the money went. Last time they splashed cash on Grays High Street they spent it on brickwork pavements and expensive metal sculptures. A Dermot

4:47pm Tue 18 Dec 12

sooty31 says...

good news about this money just hope it is spent well and perhaps put towards improving town centre. just hope it gets going quickly and not as long as the dithering over the state cinema.
good news about this money just hope it is spent well and perhaps put towards improving town centre. just hope it gets going quickly and not as long as the dithering over the state cinema. sooty31

4:36pm Wed 19 Dec 12

aerobic1 says...

Yes, do not forget the State Cinema - it would be great to be opened and used as a theatre, with the seating and the decor regenerated, it could eventually, after advertising, be as good as any other and will bring the town alive!
Yes, do not forget the State Cinema - it would be great to be opened and used as a theatre, with the seating and the decor regenerated, it could eventually, after advertising, be as good as any other and will bring the town alive! aerobic1

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