THE FUTURE of Grays town centre is up for debate.

People living, working and shopping in the town are being asked for their views as part of a council survey.

Face to face interviews with people will be held at Grays train station from February 22 to March 4 and people living in the five wards around Grays as well as the two in Chafford Hundred will be called from February 22 until March 8.

At the same time, an online survey will be quizzing people on their thoughts.

Andy Smith, councillor responsible for regeneration, said: “High Streets up and down the country are struggling at the moment, as the economic downturn continues and people shop online.

“Grays is no different though despite what people believe the town has fewer empty shops - about nine per cent compared to a national average of over 14 per cent.

“Since Lakeside opened, Grays has lost its traditional role as Thurrock’s main shopping centre but it does have a lot going for it.”

The online survey will be available from February 22 on the council's website