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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 12 March, 2003, 08:29 GMT
Medieval theme park plan shelved
Man in medieval costume
One person suggested a zoo should be built on the site
Plans for a medieval style theme park in Canterbury, Kent, have been shelved.

The scheme was one of a number of options put out for public consultation for the 55-acre Kingsmead site.

Developers had put forward the suggestion for the tented village theme park but people decided they did not want the attraction.

Other ideas for the plot from the 500 people who responded were an ice-rink, cinema, bowling alley and open space.

We have all breathed a big sigh of relief
Alex Perkins, Canterbury City Council leader

Alex Perkins, Canterbury City Council leader, said one person even suggested a zoo should be built on the site

And children at St Stephen's Junior School said the area should be flooded and a glass bottom boat put in the middle.

Mr Perkins said the council was glad the medieval theme park did not go down well.

Last big chance

He said: "This is a democratic process. We were given the offer by developers who wanted to put it forward. We have all breathed a big sigh of relief."

Mr Perkins said the most probable use for part of the site would be to build a new primary school.

Some housing would also be included in the development but he said most people wanted to see open space at the site.

He said: "We think this is the last big chance for Canterbury to get the facilities it needs."

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