News: October 2006
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.
Wednesday, 25 October 2006
Campaign Leader Nick Laister is interviewed by the Bridlington Free Press about his new book, Pennies by the Sea, and the Save Dreamland Campaign gets a mention! Click here to read the interview.
Saturday, 21 October 2006
Yesterday's Isle of Thanet Gazette reported that six hundred replies have been received by Dreamland owners to a public consultation started last month.
Wednesday, 18 October 2006
The Parliamentary Select Committee for Communities and Local Government visited Dreamland today to meet Save Dreamland Campaign Coordinator Sarah Vickery as part of its inquiry into Coastal Towns. In addition to answering the Committee's questions, Sarah gave them a short summary document setting out the background to Dreamland, the Campaign and the main issues we have faced in our three years in existence. Click here to view the Campaign's summary submission in PDF format (or here for Microsoft Word format). A more detailed report of the visit will be added shortly.
Tuesday, 17 October 2006
The Select Committee for Communities and Local Government, who are conducting the Coastal Towns Enquiry, are visiting Margate tomorrow and have specifically requested a meeting with a representative of the Campaign. Sarah Vickery will be representing the Campaign and will be answering questions from Committee Members Dr Phyllis Starkey MP (Chair), Mr Clive Betts MP, Lynn Brown MP, Dr John Pugh MP, Mr Greg Hands MP and Ann Main MP. In addition to visiting Dreamland, the Select Committee will be visiting the Royal Sea Bathing Hospital, Dalby Square, the Lido and the site of the Turner Contemporary.
A couple of Dreamland-related letters appeared in Friday's Isle of Thanet Gazette, questioning the methods being used by the Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company on their consultation on Dreamland:
Sunday, 15 October 2006
Monday, 9 October 2006
Campaign leader Nick Laister and Dreamland owner Toby Hunter were both interviewed on the John Warnett Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Kent this morning. The interview was about the Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company's (MTCRC) public consultation on the Dreamland site. Both Warnett and Laister asked Hunter why the consultation website does not mention Dreamland anywhere, but no sensible explanation was forthcoming. Laister, who pointed out that the consultation is masquerading as a consultation on the whole of Margate, said that unless MTCRC is open about the reason for the consultation, the results of the exercise will be "worthless".
Sunday, 8 October 2006
Friday was a bumper news day for Dreamland and the Save Dreamland Campaign. The Isle of Thanet Gazette featured a news item about the current consultation on Dreamland.
Friday's Thanet Extra included an article on last weekend's Exodus event.
Friday, 6 October 2006
Yesterday's Adscene included a news item about the Dreamland consultation.
Tuesday's Thanet Times also included extensive reports on Dreamland.
Wednesday, 3 October 2006
The Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) has refused to list the Cyclone roller coaster at Pleasureland (Southport, UK) following a last-minute appeal. On the advice of English Heritage, DCMS denied listed building status to the ride last month; the appeal was an attempt by local campaigners to save the ride from almost certain demolition.
Tuesday, 2 October 2006
Dreamland makes the New York Times in an article about Saturday's Exodus event. Click here to view the article.
Sunday, 1 October 2006
Campaign Leader Nick Laister appeared on The Politics Show this lunchtime on BBC1. Nick was at Crealy Great Adventure Park in Devon discussing theme park planning issues.