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Monday, 27 April 2009
Visit Kent survey shows
overwhelming support for Dreamland Project
|Earlier this month, an online survey entitled 'A
proposal for Margate' was sent to the existing Visit
Kent UK database of over 31,674 people. Over 3,300
people replied and 93% felt that the Dreamland project is a
good development for Margate. 78% would visit the
Heritage Amusement Park when it opens.
Leader Nick Laister says: "Public consultation exercises undertaken by
Thanet District Council, the Save Dreamland Campaign and Dreamland
owners the Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company have consistently
shown that local residents and businesses want to see an amusement park
at Dreamland, possibly more than anything else for the town. This
survey shows that those who visit Kent also believe that this is good
for the town and something that is likely to attract them to visit
Margate. This is great news."
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
|Nick Laister and Susan Marsh represented The
Dreamland Trust at a Dreamland Client Group
meeting at the offices of The Princes Regeneration Trust in London on
Friday 17 April. The meeting was primarily to discuss progress with
grant funding applications. At the meeting, Margate Town Centre Company
(the owners of Dreamland) announced that there had been a change in
shareholding in that minority shareholder Waterbridge Group (which
owned 30% of MTCRC) no longer holds any shares in the company. Existing
shareholder Midos Group has acquired Waterbridge's share in MTCRC, but
the Waterbridge team - Toby Hunter, Peter Beck and Ross Stewart - will
continue to manage the project. The Client Group was assured that the
change in shareholding will not have an impact on the heritage
amusement park project. This news is also covered in today's
Eastcliff Richard, in an article entitled "No More
Sweet Dreams at Dreamlanders' Hotel", reports that a Reading hotel
owned by Waterbridge Group (The Forbury) has gone into administration.
Unfortunately, the article links this to Dreamland by stating: "...the
Forbury was created by parent company Waterbridge, none other than the
owners of Margate's very own car-park-cum-charcoal-factory Dreamland!"
This article is incorrect as Dreamland is owned by MTCRC - as stated
above, Waterbridge only had a 30% shareholding.
accurate updates on Dreamland have been recently featured on the
Margate Town Partnership website,
This is Margate, and on the
Renewal Partnership website. Dreamland also gets a
mention in a recent article in
The Mirror about BBC series The Apprentice, which
will shortly be featuring Margate.
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