Kent countryside. Photo by Pankaj Shah on Unsplash

London Resort theme park firm disputes Kent site’s wildlife status

Developers hoping to build a £2.5bn theme park on a wildlife haven have challenged the site’s protected status. London Resort claims Natural England is attempting to “frustrate” its plans to build on Swanscombe Peninsula in Kent. The area was protected as a site of special scientific interest (SSSI), due to its “enormous value as a green space and refuge” for people and wildlife. Conservationists said the objection was a “transparent” attempt to undermine the ecological importance of the site. An examination of plans to build the complex – including two theme…

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Wales: Covid rules are “impractical and unnecessary” says UK Cinema Association

Only a “small minority” of cinemas in Wales will be able to reopen next week under current restrictions, according to an industry trade body. Confirmation is expected on Friday that cinemas can reopen from 17 May. But the UK Cinema Association said regulations were different in Wales to the other nations, with venues following the same, stricter rules as indoor hospitality. The Welsh government said cinemas would open “when safe to do so”. Phil Clapp, chief executive of the association which represents 90% of the industry including big cinema chains, said…

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The cinemas now hiring out their screens to gamers

Eui Jeong Lee and three of her friends sit in an otherwise empty 200-seat cinema auditorium and play a video game on the giant screen. As Ms Lee blasts her gaming opponents with her wireless controller, the sound whips loudly around the dark room from the numerous cinema speakers. “The sound quality is particularly amazing,” says the 25-year-old student. “The sound of the gunshots is just so vivid, and when something flew directly at me from the screen I even screamed.” Ms Lee and her mates had hired the screen…

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