Gravesham Council to go on three-day £15,000 trip to Orlando
PUBLISHED: 13:35 25 March 2014 | UPDATED: 13:35 25 March 2014
Gravesham Council will fly 4,369 miles to Orlando in the US to see at "close quarters" the issues created by a world class leisure project.
The three-day trip, according to the council, will cost £15,441, and will include visits of Disney World, Universal Studios and Island Adventure.
The five councillors, including leader John Burden, and four council officers on the trip will learn of the issues created by these tourist attractions ahead of the building of the £2 billion resort planned for Swanscombe Peninsula, announced in November 2012.
The trip has been organised with developers London Resort Company Holdings who are behind plans for the £2 billion Paramount Park development in Swanscombe Peninsula.
The project will create 27,000 jobs in North Kent from the 70-acre site of mainly derelict land which straddles the border between Gravesend and Dartford.
The councillors on the visit are: Cllr John Burden (leader of the executive), Cllr Jane Cribbon (chair of the regulatory board), Cllr Andrea Webb (cabinet member for communities), Cllr John Cubitt (leader of the opposition group), and Cllr Robin Theobald (planning shadow lead member). Officers going are: Kevin Burbidge, director of housing and regeneration, economic development manager Simon Hookway, principal planning officer Peter Price and Wendy Lane, principal planner (policy).
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