News: May 2004
In January 2003 the owner of Dreamland, Jimmy Godden, announced the closure of Dreamland. The park is to be redeveloped as "leisure boxes, some retail and a supermarket". Joyland Books will provide updates on the campaign to save Dreamland and its internationally-important Scenic Railway ride.
Friday, 28 May 2004The Save Dreamland Campaign today received a press release from Respect - The Unity Coalition regarding another planned protest against the closure of Dreamland. The release is shown here in full:
Tuesday, 25 May 2004
According to today's Thanet Times, Thanet District Council is looking for a new site for a fairground. (We know of a rather good site; it is in a prime position, very popular, and has a very old roller coaster in it!)
In other news the Campaign has heard rumours that Dreamland will be opening for July and August. Presumably this is related to the recent adverts placed in trade newspaper World's Fair by the site's owner. As soon as we hear more we will of course tell you!
Finally, we are pleased to say that the Save Dreamland Forum is now up and running again on a brand new server. Although it looks the same, it is faster than it was before. It is a great place to meet other campaign members and discuss our favourite seaside fun park. Just click on register, sign up, and join in the fun! Click here to go straight to the Forum.
Sunday, 23 May 2004
The Save Dreamland Forum is temporarily closed for maintenance. It should be operating again tomorrow (24 May). We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
Monday 3 May 2004
Campaign Leader Nick Laister was a guest on Good Morning Kent with Dominic King on BBC Radio Kent. Nick discussed the future of the Scenic Railway, noting that it would now take approximately two months to undertake all the necessary work before the ride could be opened. Nick also explained to Dominic that Margate had suffered a very poor Easter, with visitor numbers well down on previous years. But on a positive note he said that operators are lining up to take over the park and invest in its long-term future as a major regional tourist attraction, and the Campaign was hopeful that the Council would back the retention of this important asset.
Moving to television, BBC South
East News carried a report later in the day on the lack of visitors to
Margate, showing a deserted beach and reporting that local traders say business
is down by up to 25%, a fall they blame on the closure of Dreamland.
Saturday 1 May 2004
Could Dreamland be opening this year? An advert appears in today's trade newspaper, World's Fair. The advert states:
"Dreamland Site Margate and Folkestone Seafront Site: Both these prime sites are available to rent anytime. Whitsun till first week in September for a fair or circus during 2004 season, including catering and games, but no arcades. Enquiries 01303 245245."
With thanks to Kevin and Veronica James for sending this news item.