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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30 June 2008
Kent on Sunday newspaper featured a large article on
the proposals for the world's first heritage amusement park
at Dreamland, and looked at the work being produced by the
Prince's Regeneration Trust (PRT). The article featured an
interview with Roland Jeffery of the PRT, Derek Harding of
the Margate Renewal Partnership and Nick Laister of the Save
In the interview, Mr
Jeffery states: "We
believe it [the Scenic Railway] is repairable. The challenge
is to make it viable again." The report also includes an
update from Kent Police on investigations into the arson
attack on the Scenic railway in April, and a Police
spokeswoman states: "...it is anticipated there may be some
24 June 2008
Prince's Regeneration Trust has been jointly
commissioned by the Margate Renewal Partnership and Margate
Town Centre Regeneration Company, in association with the
Save Dreamland Campaign, to undertake a feasibility study on
the restoration of the Scenic Railway and development of a
heritage amusement park at Dreamland.
Campaign leader Nick Laister says: "This is one of the
outcomes of the regular meetings that have taken place over
the past few months, which Susan Marsh and I have attended.
The Prince's Regeneration Trust is advising MTCRC, MRP and
their partners in the project (Save Dreamland Campaign/The
Dreamland Trust) on a way forward to restoring the Scenic
Railway and developing a framework for implementing the
heritage amusement park proposal. We are working with the
Prince's Regeneration Trust as part of the working group,
supplying all the background information on the park, the
rides we have 'rescued' and the discussions we have had
within the industry about developing the first heritage
amusement park. This is a genuine step forward and proof
that all parties in this project mean business."
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The
Prince’s Regeneration Trust said: “Dreamland is a key site for
Margate occupying a key location and having a central place in the
public’s perception of Margate as a Seaside town. There is a
fantastic opportunity to celebrate the heritage of Margate while
renewing its visitor economy.”
The Prince's Regeneration Trust issued
press release today on the Dreamland heritage amusement park
Building Design, the architect's
website, carried a report on the plight of the Scenic Railway, to
coincide with the publication by Save Britain's Heritage of
their annual Buildings at Risk report. Although the news item is
inaccurate, it is evidence of the ongoing attention being paid
within the heritage industry to the future of the Scenic Railway and
Dreamland in general. The news item is
In other news, the Isle of Thanet
Gazette of 20 June featured a lengthy article on the current
plight of Dreamland's other listed structure, the Grade II* Cinema.
16 June 2008The Dreamcoaster
covered extensively by the Isle of Thanet Gazette on 13 June.
Thursday, 12 June 2008
|Nick Laister of the Save Dreamland
Campaign, Derek Harding of the Margate Renewal Partnership and
heritage consultant Jason Wood spent two days on a fact-finding
visit to Blackpool this week. The visit included a
'behind-the-scenes' tour of the Pleasure Beach and a meeting with park
directors to assist with the masterplanning of the proposed
Dreamland Heritage Amusement Park.
The visit also included a further
behind the scenes tour of the former Blackpool Odeon (now the 'Funny
Girls' show bar) to investigate options for the Dreamland Cinema and
a meeting with Doug Garrett, Chief Executive of ReBlackpool
(Blackpool's Urban Regeneration Company). Susan Marsh also joined
the team for the Pleasure Beach and ReBlackpool meetings.
Above: Pleasure Beach Company
Secretary and Director David Cam shows Nick Laister
historical amusement park documents in Blackpool. Click on
the image for a larger version. (Photograph: Jason
In other news, Dreamcoaster was
covered by the Thanet Extra on 6 June. The Thanet Adscene
on 5 June also provided some coverage.
Tuesday, 3 June 2008
Above (l to r): Ross Stewart, Jason Wood, Toby
Hunter, Susan Marsh, Nick Laister and Dave Collard in front of the 'Dreamcoaster'
at the Save Dreamland Campaign/LIMBO exhibition on Monday. Click for
a larger version.
Nick Laister and Susan Marsh of the
Save Dreamland Campaign met with Toby Hunter and Ross Stewart of
Waterbridge, Derek Harding of the Margate Renewal Partnership, Nick
Dermott and Doug Brown of Thanet District Council, Anita Gardiner of
English Partnerships and heritage consultant Jason Wood yesterday.
The meeting, which was held at Margate's Media Centre, discussed the
efforts being made to restore the Scenic Railway (for which there is
no timetable yet) and plans for the proposed heritage amusement
Afterwards, the group visited the
Dreamcoaster Exhibition, being held at the Substation Project Space,
Margate. The group is pictured above in front of part of the huge
replica of the Scenic railway, which had been constructed by the
Margate community the previous week. The group watched the hour long
DVD of Dreamland footage and read many of the messages posted by
A gallery of photographs of the
Dreamcoaster event is below. Click on the thumbnails for a larger
version. The Exhibition is open daily until Saturday 7 June and is
well worth a visit.
In addition to good
coverage of Dreamcoaster, today's Thanet Times
featured an interview with Toby Hunter on the future of the
Sunday, 1 June 2008
Friday's Thanet Extra carried
an article on the Dreamcoaster event, currently running at the
Substation Project Space in Margate.
Friday's Isle of
Thanet Gazette also carried a preview of the event.
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