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A report summarising the findings of a recent council trip to Florida will be produced to show fellow councillors the 'useful and detailed insights' gained.
A council spokesman said the delegation had a series of meetings with community leaders, businesses and operators of various sites looking at issues including job creation and retention, infrastructure and supply issues.
It also looked at the effects on local businesses, housing and transportation.
Kevin Burbidge, the council’s director of housing and regeneration, said: “This was an intensive series of meetings looking at a wide range of issues related to theme parks of the size proposed for Swanscombe.
"Members gained useful and detailed insights into the ways in which problems have been overcome and both the success and failures of various aspects of a development of this magnitude.
“As the process continues, we are sure that these insights will prove invaluable during the planning discussions going forward.”
Also on the trip was leader of the Tory opposition Cllr John Cubitt and Cllr Robin Theobald, the shadow planning boss.
They flew to Orlando on Saturday, April 19 and came back on April 23 - though Cllr Burden made an extra trip whilst in the USA to Virginia.
He joined Gravesham mayor Derek Sales and his wife Pam.
The trio were visiting Virginia as part of Gravesham’s twinning links with the area, taking part in the 150th anniversary celebrations of the American Civil War.
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