A large, world class theme park similar to Walt Disney’s ‘Disneyworld’ in Florida was due to open in the Swanscombe area in 2022. The project is budgeted at around £3.2 Billion and is managed by London Resort Company Holdings.
Last month news broke that the Paramount had split from the project but bosses have promised recognisable brands will be put in its place.
Jeremy Kite, the leader of Dartford Council said “I am a supporter of the project, it is exciting for Dartford and I think it does have the legs to happen. But, I have to say what I think the people are all thinking. They have to get the traffic issues right and build confidence with local people.”.
The feeling amongst local people is mixed. Some consider the park a great opportunity for the area and a place that generations can enjoy. Others believe that its location, so near to the Dartford crossing will cause havoc with the traffic system.
The park is proposed to feature more than 50 rides in an 872 acre area on the Swanscombe Peninsula. So far over 8000 people have taken part in consultation projects to get the theme park off the ground and there have been five rounds of community engagement.
There is still hope amongst London Resort Company Holdings that the site will host one of the top ten theme parks in the world and have an open date of 2023.