Huge public support for latest London Paramount Entertainment Resort plans
- 3,425 attended public consultation events across North Kent in April and May
- 83% approve of illustrative masterplan
- Latest feedback report now available on www.londonparamount.info
Hundreds of local people have shown their support for the anticipated London Paramount Entertainment Resort after viewing the latest set of plans at public consultation events held across North Kent. An overwhelming 83% of those responding to the consultation said they approve of the illustrative masterplan – which has indoor and outdoor spaces for events, themed rides, attractions, shows and parades, cinemas, theatres and nightclubs.
Over 3,000 people attended the events, which were held in village halls, leisure centres and council offices in Dartford and Gravesham during April and May of this year. Visitors had the chance to view a scaled model of the world-class entertainment attraction and share their views on the proposals with the London Paramount team.
Of the 731 feedback forms completed by the deadline of Friday 5 June 2015:
- 77% of people felt the Entertainment Resort would bring long term benefits to the area
- 83% supported the connectivity improvements including public footpaths and cycle routes along the River Thames
- 78% approved of plans to restore and create new wildlife habitats
- 57% wish to see potential heritage findings displayed or signposted at the site
Fenlon Dunphy, on behalf of London Paramount, said:
“There’s been a wealth of responses to this latest stage of engagement and we were heartened to see so many 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 residents.”
The report detailing the local feedback from the latest stage of public consultation events has been published on the London Paramount website www.londonparamount.info
Traffic and transport has been a crucial element of the year-long consultation, which began in July 2014. The site has excellent public transport links and those visiting London Paramount will benefit from its proximity to Ebbsfleet International Station (with 17 minute-links to London), local train stations and the potential for Crossrail.
To minimise the impact on the local road network, London Paramount is proposing to build a new dedicated access road into the Entertainment Resort that separates all visitor traffic from local traffic. The new road would be delivered before the opening of the resort in 2020.
Options for improvement works on the A2 Ebbsfleet junction were showcased at the latest stage of public consultation and form part of London Paramount’s strategy to minimise the possibility of queuing back on the A2. The results of the consultation indicated:
- 31% favoured the option for a free flowing route off the A2 Ebbsfleet junction for Entertainment Resort traffic
- 18% preferred the option for a new “hamburger” layout roundabout (a roundabout with a road running through the centre) that would provide a dedicated through-route for visitors
- 41% had no view on junction improvement options
London Paramount is continuing to carry out extensive studies on the local roads to assess a wide range of possible scenarios including traffic movements from consented and proposed developments in the local area such as the Ebbsfleet Garden City and Lower Thames Crossing. The outcome of these studies will be included in the full Development Consent Order application that will be submitted to the Secretary of State later this year and will be made publically available for comments on the London Paramount website.
Speaking to over 240 businesses at a Tourism Symposium in Kent last month, Fenlon Dunphy discussed the transformational impact the project will have on job creation, tourism and business growth. Among the 27,000 jobs London Paramount Entertainment Resort could bring to the local area, businesses have the opportunity to apply for approximately 15,700 indirect jobs through the supply chain.
Fenlon Dunphy continued:
“The Entertainment Resort will be an outstanding destination that will attract audiences from all over the world and the economic benefits will reach far into Kent, London and the wider nation.
“Over the past year we have seen a huge amount of interest from those looking to provide services to the Entertainment Resort and we hope that local businesses wishing to register their interest will continue to get in touch as we move forward with the project.”