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".
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internationally-important Scenic Railway ride.
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Friday, 28 December 2007
people have given their views on Thanet District Council's
vision for the Dreamland and Arlington Square sites. Local
residents, interest groups, Council partners and the
owners of the site were asked to give their views on a
Planning Brief which has been created to give guidance to
future developers when they submit planning applications for
from the public showed that 65% of respondents either agreed
or strongly agreed with the Planning Brief overall. There
was strong support for keeping the Scenic Railway (over 92%
of respondents want it retained - the strongest support for
any part of the Brief!), keeping more than 50% of the site
as an amusement park (88%), and for the Dreamland Cinema
building to be kept for leisure uses (86%).
There was less support for
associated enabling development, including family homes and
apartments, with 55% disagreeing or strongly disagreeing
with this idea. However, Planning Managers have explained
that this type of development is needed to fund the
provision and operation of a high quality amusement park in
the future and, in response to these concerns from local
people, the brief has now been amended to explain this
fully. To view the results
Save Dreamland Campaign
Leader Nick Laister comments:
"The results of this public consultation demonstrate yet
again that local residents and businesses
want to see an amusement park at Dreamland, set around the
Scenic Railway. This is consistent with all the other
numerous consultations that have taken place over the past
four years and show that people are not giving up.
"Over 92% of respondents want the
Scenic Railway retained - the strongest support for any part
of the Brief"
"The Council also appears to
have listened to the Campaign's requests. I issued a letter
to Thanet District Council in response to the Brief setting
out the Campaign's main comments [click here to download the
letter as a PDF file]. The Council has amended the Brief in
several places to take into account our comments. They have:
- Made reference to
the definition of an 'amusement park' and the rationale for
Cinema building within this definition;
- They have clarified
status given to Margate Masterplan, as we thought
that the Brief did not make it clear that this
document has little or no status and that it was heavily
- They have removed most
the ambiguity relating to 'amusement park' and 'tourist
destination', as we were concerned that other
non-amusement park uses should not be allowed to creep into
the 51% amusement park area;
- Reference is now made
to the need
to secure the amusement park site when it is closed;
- Clarification that the
51% amusement park area excludes the car park;
that only ancillary retail will be permitted within
the amusement park;
- Reference to
the fact that additional retail and leisure on the remaining
land would be subject to sequential and viability tests;
relating to the section 106 funding priority to maintain
the viable amusement park, to ensure that the funding is
made available by the developer to rebuild Dreamland,
and that this would be a priority call on resources over
and above affordable housing, in line with the Local
Plan policy; and
- Addition of Save
Dreamland to list of consultees.
"The remainder of the
consultation analysis makes for interesting reading. Both
Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company Ltd and Ticketcard
Ltd asked for the 51% amusement park requirement to be
applied more flexibly and/or removed altogether, but the
Council has decided to maintain this requirement and indeed
to strengthen it further by clarifying that certain uses
would fall outside the amusement park use. We are therefore very pleased with
the outcome of the consultation."
The Brief was approved at
Cabinet on 11 December and can be downloaded as a PDF
here. It will now form one of the main
considerations for future planning applications.
The Planning Brief has been
covered in the local press in the run-up to the Christmas
period. The Isle of Thanet Gazette on 7 December had
a short report. This was followed by a
further report in the same newspaper on 21 December.
Saturday, 22 December 2007
A big update today, to catch up on all
the news of the past few weeks.
update on the Water Chute appeal. Back in October, the Save
Dreamland Campaign funded the dismantling and transport of
key parts of the world's last surviving water chute. The
rescue of the ride was covered in the Your Thanet newspaper.
In October, we made an
appeal for funds to help us pay the £2,000 bill for
contractors and transport. Secretary of the Dreamland Trust,
Susan Marsh, is very pleased with the response:
"We can now confirm that
the amount raised so far is a magnificent £1,195.50. A final
push to reach £1,500 should cover all the costs for now.
"We have to say a special
thank you to L E Jones Ltd, Hauliers of Ruthin, North Wales
(especially Dave and Jack), to Jed Hopkinson and his men of
B L Hopkinson Constructional Engineering Ltd and to the
Leader and Officers of Thanet District Council. Without all
their kindness, help and understanding we would not have
achieved this rescue within a budget we could contemplate
and the timescale we had."
The ride is now safely in
storage in Thanet.
Susan Marsh adds: "This was
a new experience for me and I had to make arrangements with
rather too many unknowns, such as what there was, where it
was, how long it would take to get out and even, for a
while, where it was going. Yet everyone went out of their
way to help and make it happen despite, in the case of the
hauliers, not even knowing us. They do now! Everyone went
that extra mile and we are grateful to them. This really was
a case of the Campaign, contractors and the local authority
all working together.”
Above: Your Thanet report on the Water Chute
"This is an expensive time of year
for everybody but if you are able to help now or have a little left
at New Year we would appreciate it."
Cheques should be made out to “The
Save Dreamland Trust” and sent to us at The Shell Grotto, Grotto
Hill, Margate, Kent CT9 2BU or, email Sarah Vickery at
and she'll send you Paypal details.
And news of another of the world's
handful of surviving scenic railways. Luna Park in Melbourne is to
refurbish its iconic Scenic Railway, the only wooden roller coaster
of its kind in Australia. The Scenic Railway, built in 1911, was the
main attraction at Melbourne’s Luna Park when it opened in 1912 and
is now heritage listed with the National Trust. Sections of track
are to be refurbished and restored following subsidence of the
life-sized mural is also being produced for the station building.
Click here for the full press release.
Finally, can the campaign team wish
everyone a Happy Christmas. Our clickable Christmas message comes
courtesy of Susan Marsh:
from the Save Dreamland Campaign!
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