News: July 2008
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, 30 July 2008
A notice has been served by Thanet District Council to ensure that a fence is put in place to protect Margate’s Scenic Railway, the country’s oldest rollercoaster, until it is repaired.
The Urgent Works Notice has been served on the Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company, the owners of Dreamland. It requires them to put up a continuous 2.4 metre high steel fence around the entirety of the listed structure.
The Notice was served on Monday and, if it is not complied with within two weeks from the date it is served, then the council will, using planning powers send contractors into the site to erect the fence. The council will then recover the cost of this work from the site owners.
The move follows the fire, which broke out in early April 2008, destroying approximately 20% of the tracks of the Scenic Railway, the workshop where the cars were housed and part of the “station”. The ride first opened in 1920 and was the first amusement park ride to be Grade II listed in 2002.
Leader of Thanet District Council, Cllr. Sandy Ezekiel, said: “Although the council is still in ongoing discussions with the owners of the site, we believe it’s absolutely essential that measures are taken to preserve the Scenic Railway until repairs begin. We feel that we have given this enough time since the fire broke out and still there is no fencing in place to protect this unique historic asset. The time has come for us to take action and that’s what we’re doing with the issuing of this Urgent Works Notice. If the work is not completed within the next two weeks, then we will be sending in people to do this work. That’s how important this is to us.”
Monday, 28 July 2008
Friday's Isle of Thanet Gazette reports on the Prince's Regeneration Trust's report on the future of Dreamland.
Sunday, 20 July 2008
A brief news update from last week's Isle of Thanet Gazette. This snippet on Dreamland was part of an article about future plans for Margate:
Sunday, 6 July 2008
Joanna Brown, who sent us some wonderful 1950s and 1960s photos of Dreamland a few months ago, has been back into her photo album and uncovered some more photos, this time of Dreamland in the 1980s. We have put all of Jo's images into their own gallery: The Jo Brown Gallery. Enjoy!
Wednesday, 2 July 2008