Interview by Gary Radice
: Added 2002/2003/2005
On 9/2/03: The following press release (dated 10/2/03) was sent to themagiceye:
Only Fools and Horses Star Joins Campaign to Save Historic Fun Park

'Trigger' from Only Fools and Horses joins the campaign to save Dreamland Pleasure Park (Margate, UK) and its Grade II listed roller coaster, the Scenic Railway, which is threatened with redevelopment.
Actor Roger Lloyd Pack, who has been one of the main characters in the long-running BBC television series for over 20 years, has offered his complete support to the campaign.
Roger says:
"I support the campaign to save Dreamland unequivocally. An amusement park is far more important to Margate than another development or hotel. The needs of Margate should be respected more than filling the pockets of a greedy developer."
The 1989 Only Fools and Horses Christmas Special, 'Jolly Boy's Outing', was filmed in Margate and featured extensive footage of the cast enjoying Dreamland's attractions.
Campaign leader Nick Laister said today: "It is great to have someone as popular and high profile as Roger on board with the Campaign. Roger's message to Margate's decision makers is a clear one, and I hope this will help to drive the message home. After all, both the adopted and emerging local plans say exactly the same thing.
This is a message we will be discussing with council leaders over the coming weeks."

Commenting this week on the Councilís plan to launch a public consultation to find a replacement use for the Dreamland site, Nick Laister said:

"What is important here is Margate's future as a seaside resort, and the retention of its most famous attraction. Clear planning policies have been drafted to ensure that Dreamland survives for the benefit of the town.
The Local Plan states that redevelopment of Dreamland will not be permitted, and the site is home to a completely unique historic ride, which is protected by its statutory listing.
One man should not be allowed to dictate a town's future, nor should his decisions be allowed to destroy a structure of such rarity and historic value. What does matter here are the views of the thousands of people who support this campaign, both locally and nationally, who know that the redevelopment of Dreamland will mean the end for Margate as a seaside resort. 
It is therefore important that the forthcoming public consultation is based on proper planning objectives in the development plan and national planning policy guidance.
I say this to Thanet District Council: Don't throw away all the work you have done on your Local Plan. Don't throw away your town's history. And, most importantly of all, don't throw away your town's prosperity."

Roger Lloyd-Pack joined the Save Dreamland Campaign in February 2003 (Photo: Tom Parsons)

The Scenic Railway in action in 2002 (Photo: Nick Laister)



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