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Dartford residents' react positively to London Paramount Park plans

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There has been a positive reaction to the latest plans for London Paramount Park from locals hoping it will provide a much-needed boost to the economy.

Developer London Resort Company Holdings hope the park will open in Swanscomb in 2020, if plans are given the go-ahead by the Secretary of State this summer.

Despite concerns over traffic at the theme park, which it is hoped will attract 40,000 people a day, many residents say they are looking forward to better job prospects, as well as visiting the park themselves.

Watch: The plans for London Paramount Park

Mari Ridout, 46, from East The Hill in Dartford, said: "The plan is great. It's good for the local economy and good for people."

She continued: "My daughter is 10 years old, but by the time she is 16 or 17 maybe she will be working there or going there to enjoy herself."

"I think anything would be a good idea for Dartford and it would give the kids something to do."

An artist's impression of plans for the London Paramount entertainment resort
An artist's impression of plans for the London Paramount entertainment resort

Pivis Cho-Aianga, 50, from Crayford, said: "It's a really exciting plan. I'm a father of four and I've always thought of going to Disneyland Paris but that's quite exciting, but if they built something nearer we'd have a chance to experience something like that.

"It's going to boost the economy of the area and provide good jobs."

Watch: Locals' reactions to the plans

Young people too seemed positive about the plans.

Charlotte Foxton, 18, from Dartford said: "I thought they were really creative and cool ideas. I'm a big fan. I'm really excited actually.

A consultation report, released yesterday, gave the first glimpse of how the completed complex may look, and how the site will be divided.

This week sees a series of consultation events with the first being held at Gravesend Old Town Hall today, between 4pm and 8pm, followed by another on tomorrow at Bluewater shopping centre from 10am to 9pm.

More events are planned in the coming weeks, according to developers.

Paramount Port Bay
Paramount Port Bay

The consultation document describes the resort consisting of a number of themed zones – including Port Plaza, Paramount Port Bay, Adventure Isle, and a Myths and Legends Castle.

Every day in the late afternoon a “Paramount and Friends Carnival” is planned to take place, followed by a “spectacular show” celebrating the works of Paramount Pictures and other content partners such as the BBC and Wallace and Gromit creators Aardman Productions.

The attraction would also see the construction of one of the largest indoor water parks in Europe, as well as a 1,500 seat theatre with regular “West-End quality” shows, and a 5,000 bedroom on-site hotel.

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