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Paramount Picture’s plans for a Swanscombe theme park - what you’ve been saying

PUBLISHED: 09:43 10 October 2012 | UPDATED: 09:46 10 October 2012

Swanscombe theme park plans

Swanscombe theme park plans

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Paramount Pictures are planning a £2bn theme park in Swanscombe that will rival Disneyland Paris.

We asked figureheads from business, tourism and the councils what they make of the Paramount park proposals – why not give us your view on feedback@gravesendreporter.co.uk

The Politician

Gareth Johnson, Dartford MP

This news is a huge vote of confidence in the local area. Not only will this create construction work, but there will be long-term opportunities for work in the park itself as well as the academy and surrounding hotels, restaurants and leisure areas. This will also bring much-needed investment and tourism to Kent, not only from London and the UK, but internationally as well.

The Transport Buff

Bryan Sweetland, KCC cabinet member for highways

One of the reasons why this location was selected was because of its very good infrastructure. The high-speed rail link is not too far away, it is very close to London and there are fairly good roads. At the moment the biggest road issue is the Dartford Crossing. It is quite possible that a second Thames crossing might be Swanscombe. The government has not yet decided which route to choose but this announcement may have a bearing on that decision.

The Tourism Booster

Sandra Matthews-Marsh, Visit Kent

The news builds on the image the county worked hard to portray throughout the summer of 2012 as a warm, welcoming place for visitors from all over the world to visit and enjoy. Critically, huge numbers of youngsters will be given new employment opportunities where they just didn’t exist before. We are tremendously excited at the prospect of this new development, which we note includes a UK training academy for the entertainment and hospitality industries, and are looking forward to working with those behind this thrilling proposal.

The Business Advocate

Clive Lawrence, Federation of Small Businesses for North Kent

The community has won the lottery, but the payout will be many years more. It is precisely the kind of thing that’s going to help businesses in the area. There are risks in anything, which is why councils have to be careful that the plans benefit local people more than any other. I’d like the councils to be in favour of other major projects like an airport as long as they negotiate with the developers. We must not be rail-roaded by anyone coming in.

The Environmentalist

Alex Hills, Campaign to Protect England, Kent branch

It may have implications on air quality and water supply but we need to see proposals first. It is something we can see the benefits of but we do not know if the land was earmarked for housing and whether it will affect building in the green belt. In principle we are in favour of anything that helps the area but we need to know the details of how it affects the area as a whole.

The Resident

Carol Rose, Swanscombe resident

It’s brilliant. It has excellent opportunities for employment. I have a three-year-old and five-year-old and if it takes 10 years then it could pose all sorts of options like Saturday jobs and a fun place to go. It will bring Kent to the forefront of business provided the traffic links work out. It might affect house prices but I’m looking at it positively.


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