Today I took part in the first meeting of prospective trustees for a new Trust in Tilbury. Chaired by the Chief Operating Officer of the Port of Tilbury Perry Gladding and attended by Jackie Doyle Price MP, the new Trust will work towards the development of a vision for the the Grade II* listed Cruise Terminal and Riverside Station. Bringing together the Port, the community and key stakeholders, the new Trust represents an early step towards the collaborative regeneration of one of Thurrock’s most important heritage locations. The meeting was followed by a tour of the Cruise Terminal and Riverside Station and lunch on the Marco Polo cruise ship.
The meeting held particular meaning for me, not just because I am a local with a stake in the area, but because the strategy underpinning this approach represented the first commission that SBSA undertook. The subsequent Heritage Lottery Fund grant to resource the Trust establishment then became the first funding success achieved by SBSA. Today, seeing the difference that this work is starting to make is immensely rewarding. It demonstrates exactly what SBSA is all about: helping people transform places through effective projects and planning.
I look forward to supporting the development of the new Trust and sharing the journey in future blog posts!