Thousands give their view on London Paramount plans
PUBLISHED: 10:51 08 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:15 08 July 2015
And most are supportive
THOUSANDS of people have taken advantage of the opportunity to see the latest plans for the London Paramount theme park.
Some 3,425 people attended public consultation events – where anyone can find out about the plans and give their view – in north Kent during April and May, according to figures just released by the company.
And 77 per cent of those who gave their opinion said they thought the plans, which include themed rides, attractions, space for events, shows, cinemas, theatres and nightclubs, would benefit the area.
The plans – including a scale model of the attraction - were on display in village halls, leisure centres and council offices in Dartford and Gravesham.
Some 731 people then filled in feedback forms, of whom 77 per cent said they thought the resort would benefit the area.
Some 83 per cent supported the planned improvements to footpaths and cycle paths along the River Thames, and 78 per cent approved of plans to restore and recreate wildlife habitats.
London Paramount say they expect the development will create up to 27,000 jobs and attract visitors from all over the world.
Fenlon Dunphy, from London Paramount, said: “We were heartened to see so many people take the time to contribute to the consultation.
“We are hugely excited about the proposition, and are delighted to discover this perspective is shared by the majority of local people.
“Over the past year we have seen a huge amount of interest from those looking to provide services to the resort, and we hope that local businesses wishing to register their interest will continue to get in touch.”
London Paramount is proposing to build a new road off the A2 to take all the traffic to and from the resort, and is still looking into how best to do this.
But there was no clear consensus on what form the changes to the A2 should take, with 31 per cent of people favouring a road off the Ebbsfleet junction, 18 per cent wanting a roundabout with a road running through the middle, and 41 per cent having no view.