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Would the Paramount theme park bring North Kent alive?

3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 10 October 2012

Would the Paramount theme park bring North Kent alive?

There are detailed and quite advanced plans for a major leisure resort on the Swanscombe Peninsula. It would include a massive theme park, Europe's largest water park, a performing arts centre, cinemas and hotels. It would run under the Paramount name - Paramount is a major Hollywood film company known for blockbusters like Titanic, Bravehart and the animated Madagascar films.

There is talk of 27,000 jobs being created on a 900 acre site close to Ebbsfleet International railway station. Local politicians and tourism bosses are almost giddy with excitement. There hasn't even been a planning application yet. So do you want the paramount park?

Is this North Kent's best hope for the future? Would you like to work there? Can you see any downsides?

Also on the programme, you probably think you are already paying a lot for your weekly shop, but brace yourself - there may be worse to come.

The British Retail Consortium - which represents the big supermarkets - says food prices may have to go up again.

It is after a disappointing harvest, caused by this summer's wet weather. So is the era of cheap food gone for good?

We speak to Professor Tim Lang who studies food policy at City University, London. He is also a government adviser on food.

We hear your views and stories.


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