Towns are home to some of our key businesses and employers, and are where the majority of the population live. They serve as important centres to their surrounding areas but face some significant challenges: an ageing population, fewer economic opportunities and less investment than cities. 

The Towns Fund will help ensure Grays has the fundamental building blocks of a strong local economy in place. It will help identify real opportunities defined by the local community, helping to future proof and rationalise public investment around key local priorities, as part of agreeing a Town Deal. 

The Grays Town Deal will play an important role in ensuring our communities can prosper, projects are designed locally and give investors the confidence to back Grays. 

The Grays Town Deal Board in partnership with Thurrock Council is developing a Grays Town Investment Plan which will champion a vision for the town and outline how it will be achieved. 

Link to download full towns fund prospectus:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/towns-fund-prospectus 

The Town Investment Plan will aim to compliment other funding to maximize the benefit for Grays, for example the Future High Street Fund; 
https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/grays-growth/future-high-streets-fund

and Grays underpass; 
https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/grays-growth/high-street-underpass

The Board

Grays Town Board is chaired by Justin Thomas, director of development at NewRiver REIT, and consists of local businesses, partners and stakeholders, councillors and Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle-Price. 

The board is the vehicle through which the vision and strategy for the town is defined in collaboration with the local community. The vision is to drive the economic regeneration of the town to deliver long term economic and productivity growth. 

The Advisory Group 

The advisory group has been established to support the Board so that a wide range of stakeholders with an interest in Grays Town Centre can help shape the work of the Board and the vision and strategy for the town centre.