The plans

On the 5th of July 2018 Thurrock Independent published this article: Open Space to be sold to make way for new school.

Thurrock Council has this week made public plans to dispose of another site currently used by the local community for recreation.

At last night’s (Wednesday, 4 July) meeting of the council’s corporate overview and scrutiny committee members were told the the Elm Road open space in Grays will be sold off to create a new 900 place school which will be run by the Osborne Trust, which currently oversees St Clere’s School in Stanford-le-Hope.

Elm Road Open Space is a much used park in the middle of a warren of residential streets, which are lined with parked cars most of the day and night.

As we have a primary school here the traffic is already hideous, with gridlock often occuring throughout the peak pick up and drop off times.

The park is well used by a huge cross section of the community, from mums and dads wiht their chidlren, to kids and adults using the basket/football courts, not to mention dog walkers, school children before and after school and people who use the park to take their daily stroll or jog around its perimeter path.

Thurrock needs more green spaces, place to play, walk and chat. To get healthy and to stay fit.

The idea of taking away this space, and cramming in 900 students, at least 100 staff, car park, building etc is nonsense.

This is it as Google Earth currently shows it – with courts, play area and path

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That is definitley a park, with useful things in it!

At the moment the council is in consultation, we have the power to stop this going ahead.

What can you do?

  1. Sign a petition – either in person or online here.
  2. Send in a picture of you at the park, along with some text about why you love it, or even upload a video to youtube and email the link to us at and we will share it on this site