Grays Athletic are hoping for positive news later this week over the proposal to take on Thurrock FC’s former ground.

Thurrock Council’s planning committee are due to meet this Thursday to discuss the planning application for the Ship Lane development.

As part of Group 1 Automotive’s application, Grays and the local community would be given use of the ground.

Grays’ vice-chairman Glyn Jarvis has said: “The club supports the retention of the private land, which was previously used as the Thurrock Football Club main pitch, for continued football use.

“As part of the planning permission, we will enter into a binding agreement for the land to be used for football purposes in perpetuity and sign a Community Use Agreement, prepared in conjunction with Sport England, to secure the wider community use of the facilities for football over the long-term.”

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