News: October 2005

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.

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Monday, 31 October 2005

The Save Dreamland Campaign has been advised by Thanet District Council that the long-awaited Inspector's Report dealing with, amongst other things, the Council's policy on Dreamland, is not now expected to be published until the end of November 2005. The independent Report will decide whether the Council's approach on Dreamland in its Local Plan - to allow the site to be redeveloped - was correct. An Interim Report was published in September, and had some very positive things to say about Dreamland, including confirmation of the Save Dreamland Campaign's view that the site is not suitable for retail development. The full Inspector's Report was initially expected at the end of October, and this therefore represents a one month delay.

Click here to read more about what the Interim Inspector's Report says about Dreamland. Click here to view the Interim Report at the Thanet District Council website.

Friday, 14 October 2005

A fully updated second edition of Dreamland Remembered, the hugely successful book telling the full story of Dreamland, has been released. Written by local author, Nick Evans, the new edition brings the story up-to-date with recent events at the park, including the David Wallis and Harry Ayers seasons, the Save Dreamland Campaign, the sale of the park and the Local Plan Inquiry Inspector's Report.

The book contains a nostalgic collection of more than 200 illustrations - many not seen publicly in living memory - charting the park's attractions over the years, from the renowned Scenic Railway to the Big Wheel, along with Beanfeast outings and the birth of the Osuper cinema in the 1930s.

Click here for more information on the new Second Edition. A very limited number of secondhand copies of the First Edition are available here.

Tuesday's Thanet Times contained an article on a possible future of Dreamland.